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“Massive blow”: Gautam Gambhir on Rohit Sharma’s absence in South Africa Test series


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Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir feeling that opening batsman Rohit Sharma is missing the Test series against South Africa is a “massive blow” to the visitors before the tour. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed on Monday that Rohit has been ruled out in the three-match Test series against South Africa due to a thigh muscle problem. “It’s a big blow for India and the way he has batted in England he would love to go to South Africa as he would not want to miss a Test while he was in good shape. He is just as “a vice-captain has been appointed, so it’s a massive blow,” Gambhir told ANI.

Priyank Panchal replaced Rohit Sharma in the Test squad.

“Great opportunity for young people to seize this opportunity and make the country proud,” Gambhir added.

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Rohit, who was recently appointed as the team’s vice-captain, suffered a left thigh muscle injury during his training session in Mumbai on Sunday.

India’s group for South Africa tests: Virat Kohli (captain), Priyank Panchal, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Jayant Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj.

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