Rohit Sharma, who was set to lead India Blue has been ruled out of the Deodhar Trophy as he is nursing a knee injury. The Indian opener has been out of international action since October 2016 and will miss another chance to prove his fitness ahead of IPL 2017 and the ICC Champions Trophy.
India Red have also been hit with an injury blow ahead of the tournament as Kedar Jadhav also misses out on the tournament with a stomach ailment with Bengal's Sreevats Goswami and Hyderabad’s C.V Milind named in the India Red side as the replacement.
Rohit’s injury now means that Harbhajan Singh has been named as captain of India Blue for the Deodhar Trophy while Maharashtra's Ruturaj Gaikwad has been named as the Indian opener’s replacement for the tournament that will take place from March 25 to March 29.
With the IPL two weeks away, it is still unclear as to whether this will mean that Rohit Sharma, who is the captain of the Mumbai Indians will miss any matches of the tenth edition of the tournament. Mumbai Indians begin their tournament on April 6 with a game against Rising Pune Super Giants at the MCA International Stadium in Pune.
All the Deodhar Trophy matches will take place in Vishakhapatnam at the YS Rajashekhara Reddy Stadium from March 25 with all of them being Day-Night matches that will begin at 1.30 PM IST. Three teams, India A, India B and Tamil Nadu, winners of the Vijay Hazare Trophy will take part in the tournament. The final of the tournament will take place on March 29.
India 'Blue': Harbhajan Singh (captain), Mandeep Singh, Shreyas Iyer, Ambati Rayudu, Manoj Tiwary, Rishabh Pant (wk), Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya, Shahbaz Nadeem, Siddarth Kaul, Shardul Thakur, Prasidh Krishna, Pankaj Rao, Ruturaj Gaikwad
India 'Red': Parthiv Patel (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Manish Pandey, Mayank Agarwal, Ishank Jaggi, Gurkeerat Mann, Axar Patel, Akshay Karnewar, Ashok Dinda, Kulwant Khejroliya, Dhawal Kulkarni, Govinda Poddar, Sreevats Goswami, CV Milind
Here’s the schedule of matches in the Deodhar Trophy:
|March 25th 2017||India A vs India B|
|March 26th 2017||India B vs Tamil Nadu|
|March 27th 2017||India A vs Tamil Nadu|
|March 29th 2017||Final|