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Rohit Sharma Press Conference LIVE updates: It’s the last T20I series for India before the T20 world Cup 2024. The three-match T20I series against Afghanistan will also see the comeback of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in the shortest format. Before that, the Indian cricket team skipper Rohit Sharma is expected to address the media ahead of the Afghanistan T20I series, starting January 11 in Mohali. Rohit returns to the shortest format in international cricket after a gap of 14 months along with fellow veteran batter Virat Kohli. The Afghanistan series consists of three T20Is. The second match will be taking place in Indore on January 14 while the final game will be played in Bengaluru on January 17.
IND vs AFG, Rohit Sharma Press conference live updates from Mohali:
Rohit Press Conference LIVE: PC to start soon!
The press conference of Rohit Sharma is set to take place soon. The expected start time for his interaction with media is 4:30 PM IST. Stay connected, folks!
Rohit Press Conference LIVE: Iyer’s absence
While Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are back for the T20Is the squad do not have the presence of Shreyas Iyer. According to a report on Anandabazar Patrika, the selectors were not happy with his style of batting in the recently concluded Test series. The report further claimed that Shreyas’ decision to take a holiday and not play Ranji Trophy matches for Mumbai was not taken well by the team management.
Rohit Sharma Press Conference Live: Eyes on Rohit, Kohli!
The return of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli to the T20I format after 14 months will be keenly observed when India face a dangerous Afghanistan in the first ever white-ball series between the two teams, beginning Thursday. Given the three-match contest will be India’s last international assignment in the format before the T20 World Cup, so this series becomes all more important.
Rohit Sharma Press Conference Live: Rohit’s witty side
A press conference with Rohit Sharma is hardly without his witty humour and sharp takes. In the past, Rohit has come up with hilarious answer for the media. With the veteran batter returning as T20I skipper after a long time, he will be asked about his future and we can once again expect some interesting replies.
Rohit Sharma Press Conference Live: More details about Rashid
Afghanistan will be without their trump card Rashid Khan but skipper Ibrahim Zadran was upbeat about the team’s chances against India. The celebrated spinner, who underwent a back surgery after the Cricket World Cup 2023, has been named in the squad but will not be available for the three games as he undergoes his rehab.
Rohit Sharma Press Conference Live: AFG squad update
Barring Rashid’s injury-forced absence, the team is at full strength after the likes Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-Ul Haq and Fazalhaq Farooqi sorted their contractual issues with the country’s cricket board.
Rohit Sharma Press Conference Live: Proving ground
Rinku Singh proved his worth in the South African conditions and will be a key player for India in the middle-order, especially in the absence of the injured duo of Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya. With Ishan Kishan left out, Jitesh Sharma and Sanju Samson are the two wicket-keeping options for the squad and a good performance will make them a good pick for the T20 World Cup.
Rohit Sharma Press Conference Live: Update on Rashid Khan
“He is not totally fit. We will miss him in the series. We will struggle without Rashid but one should be ready for any kind of situation,” Afghanistan captain Ibrahim Zadran said in the pre-match press conference.
Rohit Sharma Press Conference Live: Afghanistan squad
Ibrahim Zadran (captain), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK), Ikram Alikhil (WK), Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Karim Janat, Azmatullah Omarzai, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Fareed Ahmad, Naveen Ul Haq, Noor Ahmad, Mohammad Saleem, Qais Ahmad, Gulbadin Naib and Rashid Khan.
Rohit Sharma Press Conference Live: A look at the India squad
Rohit Sharma (captain), Shubman Gill, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli, Tilak Varma, Rinku Singh, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Kuldeep Yadav, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan, Mukesh Kumar.
Rohit Sharma Press Conference Live: Last chance
The Afghanistan series has some very special implications for the Indian cricket team. The three-match contest will be India’s last before the T20 World Cup in June, giving the team more clarity on where it stands ahead of the ICC event.
Rohit Sharma Press Conference: Hello and welcome
Welcome to the live coverage of Rohit Sharma’s press conference ahead of the first T20I match between India and Afghanistan. Rohit returns to T20I cricket for the first time since November 2022 and with the T20 World Cup 2024 just round the corner, this series is a huge opportunity for players to make their case.
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