Cheteshwar Pujara Fit To Play 5th Test, Rohit Sharma Still In Doubt
By CricShots - Sep 9, 2021 1:37 pm
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The Indian team has got a big relief before the last Test of the 5-match series against England as the Test specialist, Cheteshwar Pujara is fully fit and he will be available for selection for the Manchester Test. However, there remains a question mark regarding the selection of Rohit Sharma. Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma were injured during the Oval Test.

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Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara

Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara were injured on the 4th day of the Oval Test. Pujara’s ankle was injured while completing a run, while Rohit Sharma’s knee was hit by the ball. Both these players did not come on the field during England’s 2nd innings. The team management has been monitoring the fitness of both the players after the scans were done.

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Now according to the latest reports, Cheteshwar Pujara has been declared fit to play in the last Test. Since Pujara has scored half-centuries in the third and fourth Tests, there is not much question about his form now. The team management is keeping an eye on Rohit Sharma’s injury.

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Cheteshwar Pujara played a brilliant knock at Headingley

No official statement has been given by the team regarding the availability of Rohit Sharma, who is the highest run-scorer for India in the series being played against England. The team management always wants to see Rohit getting included in the playing 11.

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If Rohit Sharma is not fit, then Mayank Agarwal will be expected to make a comeback to the playing XI. Mayank Agarwal will support KL Rahul as the opening batsman. In the event of Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara playing, Ajinkya Rahane can be expected to miss the 5th and the final Test in Manchester owing to his poor recent batting form and he can be replaced by Hanuma Vihari.