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From left: Shreyas Iyer, Robin Uthappa, and Karun Nair could replace Rohit Sharma © PTI and IANS

Rohit Sharma’s disappointing run in Test cricket continued in the ongoing Gandhi-Mandela series between India and South Africa. He has scores of 2, 23, 1, and 0 in the series. Given that virtually every other Indian batsman scored runs in the series, Rohit’s shortcomings seem all the more apparent. He was promoted to bat at No. 3 in a bid to score a few quick runs in India’s second innings at Delhi, but was out first ball. Let us look at five deserving batsmen who could replace Rohit in India’s Test line-up. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs South Africa 2015, 4th Test at Delhi

Robin Uthappa: India’s former One-Day International (ODI) opener Robin Uthappa is currently fourth on the list of leading run-scorers of Ranji Trophy 2015-16 with 759 runs at 58.38. He has scored three centuries and as many fifties. Uthappa has been one of Karnataka’s main players for years, and has been remarkably consistent over the last couple of years. READ: Robin Uthappa deserves a longer run in Indian team

Karun Nair: With 500 runs at an average of exactly 50, Karun has been in his usual good form. Karun has been a key member of Karnataka’s line-up for the last couple of years, and was even called up as cover during India’s recent tour to Sri Lanka. Karun averages more than 50 in First-Class cricket, and scored a fantastic 328 in the final of Ranji Trophy 2014-15. READ: Karun Nair might have to wait a bit longer to make Test debut

Rajat Paliwal: Not many people know of this Services batsman, but Rajat Paliwal is remarkably consistent. With 753 runs at an average of 67.77, Paliwal is fifth on the list of run-scorers in the ongoing Ranji Trophy season. He is the only batsman to score four centuries in the tournament, one of which was a score of 203, and two of which were in the same match against Saurashtra. He also has two fifties. Paliwal is only 23 years old, and currently averages 51.76 in First-Class cricket with 12 tons and nine fifties. READ: Rohit Sharma’s role in India’s Test team must be defined

Gurkeerat Singh Mann: Gurkeerat is in the middle of a productive season. He was picked for India’s ODI squad but did not get a game. He was later selected for India’s Test squad as well but again did not get a game. Gurkeerat kicked off his Ranji Trophy 2015-16 campaign with an unbeaten 201 against Railways, after scoring heavily for India A in the lead-up to the South African series. He currently averages over 47 in First-Class cricket. READ: Gurkeerat Singh deserves to be picked in the Indian team

Shreyas Iyer: The latest Mumbai batsman to capture the imagination of all and sundry, Shreyas Iyer has creamed nearly 1,000 runs so far this year at a superb average of 71.53 and a staggering strike rate of 95.48. He has smashed three tons and four fifties along the way to sit over 100 runs clear of his closest competition in the list of leading Ranji run-scorers this year. Most significantly, Shreyas is just 21. If he can continue in a similar vein of form he is more than likely to make his international debut soon. READ: Shreyas Iyer: The next big thing in Indian cricket

(Shiamak Unwalla, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek who loves cricket more than cricketers. His Twitter handle is @ShiamakUnwalla)