Rohit named ODI captain replacing Kohli, becomes Test vice-captain

Rohit was among several players who had sat out of the New Zealand Test series to manage workloads.

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New Delhi: Rohit Sharma has been appointed India’s ODI captain, ending Virat Kohli’s five-year long white-ball reign. The decision to displace Kohli was taken by the Indian selectors. In a media release on Wednesday, without detailing the reasons, the BCCI only said the selectors had “decided” Rohit should take charge of the ODI and T20I teams “going forward”. Rohit will also take over from Ajinkya Rahane as the Test vice-captain.

Rohit was among several players who had sat out of the New Zealand Test series to manage workloads. Among those who were back in the Test squad alongside Rohit, were Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami. Meanwhile KL Rahul, who missed out on the New Zealand Tests with an injury, was also back in an 18-strong squad. As reported earlier by ESPNcricinfo, none of Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel and Shubman Gill were considered for selection because of injuries. The ODI line-up will be named later.

Hanuma Vihari, who had been sent to South Africa with the India A team and has so far gone past fifty in three out of four innings on tour, is also back, and could slot in straightaway into the middle order, especially with Jadeja absent. Pant’s return means Wriddhiman Saha will go back to being the reserve wicketkeeper, after having done the job in the New Zealand Tests.

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