NEW DELHI – India axed struggling opener KL Rahul and handed Rohit Sharma a chance to revive his stop-start test career after selecting the limited-overs stalwart for next month's three-match series against South Africa.
Rahul has gone 12 test innings without a 50-plus score and struggled in the recent tour of West Indies where India won both the matches to top the World Test Championship table.
Former captain Sourav Ganguly was among those who felt Rohit, who smashed a record five hundreds at the 50-overs World Cup in England and finished as the tournament's top scorer, should partner Mayank Agarwal at the top of the order.
"We want to give Rohit Sharma an opportunity to open the innings in tests," chief selector MSK Prasad said after naming the 15-member squad.
Prithvi Shaw would have been Agarwal's automatic partner but the 19-year-old is currently serving a doping ban.