Who is Priyank Panchal?
Priyank Panchal replaces injured Rohit Sharma in India Test squad
Rohit Sharma, India’s new Test vice-captain has been ruled out of the three-Test away series against South Africa because of an injury. Rohit suffered a hamstring injury before the Indian squad entered quarantine in Mumbai.
He is set to be replaced by Gujarat opener Priyank Panchal in the Indian Test squad. The Indian team is scheduled to leave Mumbai for South Africa on December 16. “Team India Test vice-captain Rohit Sharma 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. Priyank Panchal will replace Rohit Sharma in the Test squad,” BCCI stated in a press release.
Rohit’s unavailability will be a big blow for India. He has been the team’s highest Test run-getter in 2021. Since 2019, Rohit has scored 1462 runs in 16 Tests at an average of 58.48, with five centuries including, most recently, a Player-of-the-Match-winning 127 in India’s win at The Oval in September.
It is not clear at the moment if Rohit will be available for the three-match ODI series, for which he was named captain.
Priyank Panchal, who led India A during the just-concluded three-match series against South Africa A, has been replaced as cover.
It is not yet clear whether Ajinkya Rahane will resume vice-captaincy in Rohit’s absence or whether a new vice-captain will be named for the match. KL Rahul is the leading contender to be Kohli’s deputy, considering Rahane’s place in the playing XI is also unsure.
Priyank Panchal Biography, Wiki
Born on April 9, 1990, in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, Priyank has always wanted to become a sportsperson.
It was his father who dreamt that his son would become a cricketer and make his country proud. Therefore, he has been learning and playing the game ever since. Priyank has played at the university level also.
At the age of 15, Priyank’s father passed away who had been a big support system. In his interviews with a popular media house, Priyank mentioned that it was his family’s sacrifices that contributed to his becoming a cricketer to a greater extent.
When his father was not at his side anymore, his mother who is a fashion designer, and his sister who is an interior designer started working to run the household. They became his biggest support system.
Panchal has been a regular performer on the domestic circuit for a long time and has been on the fringes of the Indian team for a while. He has played for the India A team on a number of occasions and led them during their three-match unofficial series against South Africa A earlier this month.
The 31-year-old has been the captain and leading batsman of the Gujarat Ranji Trophy team over the years. He is someone that comes with bags of experience and has played 100 first-class games.
He made his debut for Gujarat in 2008 and rapidly rose to be one of their best players of the current generation. In 2016, he became the first player from the state to score a triple-century in the Ranji Trophy against Punjab in Rajkot.
The 2016/17 season was a special one for him as under Parthiv Patel’s leadership, Gujarat won the Ranji Trophy title for the first time in history. He scored a massive 1310 runs in the competition in just 17 innings as they beat Mumbai in the final.
Panchal continued his form in the coming years as he was Gujarat’s top run-scorer in the next two seasons too. In the 2017/18 season, Panchal scored 542 runs in seven games while he made 898 runs in nine matches in 2018/19.
However, in the last Ranji Trophy campaign (2019/20) before the COVID-19 pandemic, Panchal had an underwhelming season as he could just make 457 runs at an average of 29 with just two 50+ scores.
In the recent A tour to South Africa, Panchal was given leadership responsibility which was proof of his prominence rising in the eyes of the selectors. Panchal featured in two of the three games India played in the series with Hanuman Vihari leading the team in the third game as the Gujarat batsman sitting out.
In the first match, Panchal played an impressive knock of 96 in a solid batting effort by the Indians. However, he could not deliver to potential in the second game making just 24 and 0 in the two innings.
Panchal also has the ability to bowl medium pace and has taken 14 first-class wickets over the course of his career. Unfortunately, he has never played in the Indian Premier League.
|Full name||Priyank Kirit Panchal|
|Born||9 April 1990 (age 31)|
Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Priyank Panchal Career
Priyank played in two seasons of the Umrigar Trophy for the under 15 team. Then, he moved to the Under-17 team in 2007 and went on to play in the Vijay Marchant Trophy where he scored a century.
Priyank debuted in List A for the senior team in the second half of the season by playing against Maharashtra in February 2008. In the following season also he played very well.
Later on, in the following season, Priyank made his first-class debut in the Ranji Trophy. He became the first-ever player to score a triple century for his state Gujarat in November 2016.
In the very next month, Priyank Panchal went on to stand as the solo cricketer who scored 1000 runs in one Ranji Trophy. In the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy, he finished the season by scoring the most number of runs (1310 runs) from ten matches and seventeen innings.
In the next season also Priyank stood as the top run-scorer. In 2018, his name was selected in the squad for India Green for the Duleep Trophy.
In the same year, he was the leading run-scorer in the Vijay Hazare Trophy where he made 367 runs in total eight matches. In the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy, Priyank again showed his brilliant performance by scoring the highest runs.
In the tournament, he made a total of 898 runs in nine matches. Later, in 2019, Priyank became the captain of the India Red team for the coming Duleep Trophy.
In October 2019, he was selected for the India B squad for the 2019-20 Deodhar Trophy. In January 2021, Priyank has been named as one of the five standby players for the Test team of India against England.
Priyank Panchal FAQ’s
Who is Priyank Panchal?
Priyank Panchal (born 9 April 1990) is an Indian cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium-pace bowler who plays for Gujarat. He was born in Ahmedabad.
How old is Priyank Panchal?
Priyank Panchal is currently 31 years old.
Whom did Priyank Panchal replace?
Priyank Panchal replaced Rohit Sharma, India’s new Test vice-captain out of the three-Test away series against South Africa because of an injury.
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