After Sourav Ganguly, Harbhajan Singh questions Rohit Sharma’s Test snub
Despite praise flowing in from all corners after he led India to a seventh Asia Cup title, Rohit Sharma wasn’t included in the two-match Test series against the West Indies-a decision, which hasn’t gone down well with former Indian greats.
After former skipper Sourav Ganguly’s remark that he was, “surprised” with Rohit not featuring in the Test squad, veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh too joined in expressing disbelief at this development and also questioning the thought processes of the selectors.
Taking to Twitter, he wrote, “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”
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
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) September 30, 2018
Earlier, Ganguly, while lauding the efforts of the Virat Kohli sans Indian side that won the Asia Cup, had tweeted, “Great win Rohit and the team @ImRo45 ..u were exceptional…I get surprised every time I don’t see ur name in the test team ..it’s not far away ..”
Great win Rohit and the team @ImRo45 ..u were exceptional…I get surprised every time I don’t see ur name in the test team ..it’s not far away ..
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) September 29, 2018
Rohit’s Test snub wasn’t explained by the All-India Senior Selection Committee and while BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary had stated, “Taking stock of the recent workload, the selectors have decided to rest Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Both Ishant Sharma and Hardik Pandya were not considered for selection, as they are yet to recover from their injuries.”
Rohit’s captaincy in the Asia Cup drew a lot of praise from head coach Ravi Shastri who stressed the ‘calming influence’ the Mumbai batsman had on the team.
“Rohit was a calming influence and it showed in his captaincy. To keep his intensity going even after the start they had, showed he was really cool in every aspect of captaincy,” Shastri had said.
“The bowling changes he made were really good, to concede just around 100 runs in the last 30 overs, I thought it was brilliant.”