Rohit Sharma awaits Test debut call-up

Rohit Sharma (above) got the nod ahead of Ajinkya Rahane, after all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was ruled out of the Test series due to a shoulder strain © AFP

Kolkata: Nov 6, 2013

Talented India batsman Rohit Sharma today made his long-awaited debut in the five-day format of the game in the first cricket Test against West Indies, getting his coveted cap from none other than Sachin Tendulkar who is playing in his farewell series.

Medium pacer Mohammed Shami also made his debut on his home ground at the iconic Eden Gardens and ironically he was presented with the cap by lanky pacer Ishant Sharma, who was left out of the playing eleven due to his indifferent form.

Rohit, Umesh Yadav, Amit Mishra and Ajinkya Rahane have been left out of the playing eleven in the first Test against the West Indies.

Rohit got the nod ahead of Rahane after all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was ruled out of the Test series due to a shoulder strain.

Rohit’s brilliant run of form in the recently-concluded seven-match ODI series against Australia won him the 278th Test cap for India.

Rohit was adjudged player of the series against the Aussies, amassing an astonishing 491 runs at an average of 122.75 which also included a superb 209, only the third double-century in One-Day International history (ODI).

The 26-year-old waited for six years and 108 ODIs to make his Test debut. After being catapulted to the opening slot in ODIs by skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Rohit did extremely well in the Champions Trophy, the tri-series in the West Indies and India A’s tour of South Africa.