India A captain and Bengal opener Abhimanyu Easwaran is likely to be called as injured skipper Rohit Sharma’s replacement for the upcoming two-Test series against Bangladesh, starting in Chattogram on December 14. Rohit Sharma was rushed to hospital in order to do scans. He injured his left hand while attempting to take a catch in the second ODI against Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur. Vice-captain KL Rahul had then taken over the captaincy duties.
Rohit Sharma might be replaced by Abhimanyu Easwaran
“Abhimanyu Easwaran has scored back to back hundreds in the ongoing A Test series and is an opener. In all likelihood, he will join the squad in Chattogram after finishing his second A Test in Sylhet,” a senior BCCI source told news agency PTI on conditions of anonymity.
Easwaran scored 141 in first A Test and was 144 not out at stumps on day two of the second Test. While Easwaran might come in as Rohit’s cover, it will be stand in skipper KL Rahul and young Shubman Gill who would be opening the innings for India in Chattogram and Dhaka.
The incident of Rohit Sharma’s injury transpired in the fourth ball of the second over of the Bangladesh innings when India pacer Mohammed Siraj got one to kick from good length to find the outside edge of opener Anamul Haque Bijoy’s bat. The ball went low to Rohit, standing at slip. He got both hands to it but the ball hit the wrong place on his thumb and bounced out. The Indian captain was in discomfort immediately. There was blood on his left palm even as Rohit walked off the field grimacing in pain.
India eventually suffered an embarrassing five-run defeat against Bangladesh in the second ODI while chasing a 272-run target. Bangladesh managed to score a challenging 271/7 total while batting first with Mehidy Hasan Miraz racking up his maiden ODI ton. Indian batters struggled as the Bangladeshi team clinched a narrow five-run win.