He has been named in the squad for the Test series against Australia but will not play in the ODI and T20 series due to fitness issues. Rohit’s absence from the home series against Australia is a major setback for India.
Shikhar Dhawan, who has done well in the IPL this season, opens the innings at one end, and the team management is confused as to who will play on the other. In the absence of Rohit, there are mainly three players who will have to compete for the opening position.
Right-handed batsman Shubhman Gill, who was the opener for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, is one of the players who could replace Rohit in the limited-overs matches. The young batsman, who has a good record in the opening innings, was Kolkata’s top scorer in the IPL with 440 runs.
Mayank Agarwal is the second player to replace Rohit as the Indian opener. Agarwal, who played for India in the ODI series against New Zealand earlier this year, has scored just 36 runs in three matches. With this, the player was dropped from the team. Mayank, who shone as the opener for Kings XI Punjab in this IPL, is likely to replace Rohit in the starting XI.
Although it will be difficult for Rohit to replace him in the ODI team, Sanju Samson is the most suitable replacement for him in the T20 series. If KL Rahul enters the opening, Sanju will have to shift to the middle order in the T20s. Being the only specialist wicket-keeper in the team will also help Sanju reach the starting XI.