Mumbai, 14th January 2024: In the wake of the recently announced India squad for the first two Tests against England, a social media post by Mumbai Indians has stirred discontent among fans of Rohit Sharma, the team captain. Mumbai Indians’ post, featuring KL Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah, and Shreyas Iyer, omitted Rohit Sharma, sparking dissatisfaction among the skipper’s enthusiasts.
While franchises often share social media posts related to Team India’s assignments, the absence of Rohit Sharma from Mumbai Indians’ promotional content for the India squad raised eyebrows. Despite the autonomy of the Indian Premier League and international cricket, the exclusion of the team captain from promotional material drew criticism from fans.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had recently unveiled the India squad, with Rohit Sharma leading the team and Jasprit Bumrah appointed as the vice-captain. The post by Mumbai Indians highlighted the inclusion of debutant wicketkeeper-batter Dhruv Jurel but did not feature Rohit Sharma.
The squad for the first two Tests against England includes a formidable lineup with KL Rahul, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, and others. The absence of Rohit Sharma from promotional material has left fans questioning the decision, especially given his pivotal role as the team captain.
Notable inclusions and exclusions in the squad were highlighted, including the recovering pacer Mohammed Shami and batter Ishan Kishan, who opted for a break. The middle-order positions remain unchanged, featuring the likes of Virat Kohli, Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, and Shubman Gill.
The complete squad for the first two Tests against England includes Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (WK), KS Bharat (WK), Dhruv Jurel (WK), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohd. Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah (VC), and Avesh Khan.