Test squad: Rahul under scanner

NEW DELHI: Opener KL Rahul’s poor show with the bat could pave the way for Rohit Sharma’s return to the Indian Test XI when the selectors meet here tomorrow to decide the squad for the three-match series against South Africa next month.

laxmi@tribune.com

New Delhi, September 11

Opener KL Rahul’s poor show with the bat could pave the way for Rohit Sharma’s return to the Indian Test XI when the selectors meet here tomorrow to decide the squad for the three-match series against South Africa next month. 

Rohit, who couldn’t make the cut in the playing XI against the West Indies, is expected to be tried out as an opener after Hanuma Vihari and Ajinkya Rahane sealed slots No. 5 and 6, respectively. Rohit’s last Test appearance for India was in the away series against Australia. 

Bengal opener Abhimanyu Easwaran, a prolific performer in the domestic and India A games, could be rewarded with a place in the side as a reserve opener, if the selection 

committee decides to drop Rahul. The other openers in fray are Priyank Panchal of Gujarat and Shubman Gill of Punjab. 

Rahul has scored 664 runs in his last 30 Test innings. With Mayank Agarwal assured of his place, the only bone of contention could be the opening slot where a 15-member squad could ensure both Rohit and Easwaran make it. In case they both make it, then they might feature in the India A side in the two-day practice game against South Africa in Vizianagaram before the first Test in Visakhapatnam starting October 2. — PTI

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