Murali Vijay to replace injured Rohit Sharma for rest of India-England ODI series
Tamil Nadu and Test opener Murali Vijay has been asked to return to England as a repalcement for injured Rohit Sharma for the rest of the India-England one-day international series.
India is currently leading the series one nil after two matches. There are still three ODIs and a Twenty20 fixture to be played between the two sides before the tour ends.
"Rohit Sharma has sustained a fracture on the middle finger of his right hand, and has been ruled out of the ongoing ODI and T20 International Series against England, as a result.The All-India Senior Selection Committee has picked Murali Vijay as his replacement," a BCCI press release said.
The specialist batsmen already with the limited-overs squad in England who could replace Rohit in the XI for the third ODI on Saturday are Ambati Rayudu and the 19-year-old Sanju Samson. India could consider using Ajinkya Rahane as an opener, and slotting either Rayudu or Samson in the middle order.
Rohit was promoted to the top order in January 2013, and has had some success in the role, averaging 46.34, contributing to India's Champions Trophy success last year and becoming the third batsman to make an ODI double century.
While Rohit has struggled to nail down a permanent place in the Test side, his replacement Vijay has managed to do so, but has struggled to establish himself in the limited-overs outfit. Vijay was picked for a tri-series in the Caribbean in July 2013, ending a two-and-a-half-year absence from the ODI side, but he didn't do enough to warrant a longer run.
Rohit's previous visit to England in 2011 was also cut short when he was struck by a Stuart Broad bouncer and injured his right index finger.
(Posted on 30-08-2014)