Team India A skipper from Gujrat, Priyank Panchal has finally been able to make his way into the Indian squad as he is set to replace Rohit Sharma, the previously named vice-captain for the Test series. ‘The Hitman’ suffered a hamstring injury during a training session in Mumbai which caused a major blow for the Men in Blue. However, it was a blessing in disguise for Priyank Panchal as, after several years of wait, he will finally be making his debut in the National outfit. Taking to his social media account, Panchal thanked the Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI) and also shared his thoughts on the selection.
NEWS – Priyank Panchal replaces injured Rohit Sharma in India's Test squad.
Rohit sustained a left hamstring injury during his training session here in Mumbai yesterday. He has been ruled out of the upcoming 3-match Test series against South Africa.#SAvIND | @PKpanchal9 pic.twitter.com/b8VgoN52LW
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 13, 2021
Priyank Panchal is honoured to be donning the Team India jersey
Panchal has 100 first-class matches under his belt with 7011 runs including 24 tons and the 31-year-old will be competing with Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul at the top. Earlier, the India A skipper from Gujarat was also added as a reserve member for the home series against England.
Panchal on Twitter said he’s “honoured” to be donning the India jersey and thanked the board for showing faith in him. “Thank you everyone for all your good wishes. Honoured to be donning the team India jersey. Thank you for showing faith in me @BCCI. Looking forward to the series!” he wrote.
You can check out the Tweet below:
Thank you everyone for all your good wishes. Honoured to be donning the team India jersey. Thank you for showing faith in me @BCCI . Looking forward to the series!
— Priyank Panchal (@PKpanchal9) December 14, 2021
During an interview with Times of India, Panchal said that he’s glad that his hard work and persistence have paid off and earned him a place for the South Africa tour.
Here is what he said:
“It was just three days back that I returned home from South Africa. I hadn’t even unpacked properly, and now, I find myself landing in Mumbai (to join the Team India bio-bubble)” I’ve been doing well since the last few years for Gujarat and India ‘A’, and I’ve been waiting for this chance for many years, but I didn’t expect to get this chance. This is a pleasant surprise.”
India’s tour of South Africa will begin with the Boxing Day Test match between the two nations on 26th December.
- Priyank Panchal is honoured to finally be able to don the Indian jersey
- The 3-Match Test series is set to start on Boxing Day
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