Harbhajan surprised by this player’s omission from India’s Test squad

By Chaitanya Laxman

While the inclusion of Mayank Agarwal and omission of Shikhar Dhawan are making headlines after India announced the squad for the Test series against West Indies, Harbhajan Singh is surprised about the exclusion of another player. The former Indian off-spinner has said the cannot digest the fact that India has left out Rohit Sharma from the Test squad.

‘Anyone have a clue?’ Asks Harbhajan over Rohit’s omission from Test team

India has announced the squad for West Indies Test series which starts from October 4. In the squad, the team management has picked Hanuma Vihari as the sixth batsman and have dropped Karun Nair.

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Hanuma Vihari made his debut in the fifth Test against England where he scored a half-century. This has enabled him to retain his place in the team. However, some fans questioned the omission of Nair. Meanwhile, Harbhajan Singh wants Rohit Sharma to be in the team.

Also read: Rohit jumps to number 02 in ICC ODI batting rankings

The off-spin bowler expressed his anger. He said,’ No @ImRo45 in test team against West Indies..what r the selectors thinking actually??? Anyone have a clue ??? plz let me know as I can’t digest this’ .

See Harbhajan’s tweet that asks what are the selectors thinking

Rohit’s erratic form in red-ball cricket

After having a lukewarm start to his international career, Rohit Sharma upped the ante in 2013 and since then has become one of the most prolific batsmen across the globe. And now he is ranked number two in ICC’s ODI batting rankings. Recently India won the Asia Cup under his captaincy as well.

However, the right-hand batsman has failed to replicate the magic in Tests. After scoring two centuries in first two Test innings his runs dried up. He has especially struggled in overseas conditions and averages a mere 25.35 in 29 away Test innings.

This lack of consistency has cost Rohit his place in red ball cricket. However, Harbhajan feels that Rohit deserves a chance in the team courtesy of his splendid ODI form.

Chaitanya Laxman

Smitten by cricket, green mountains, and written words, Chaitanya is engrossed with cricket stats and analysis. But cricket commentary is what he savors the most.