Opener Rohit Sharma has been ruled out of the New Zealand ODIs and Tests. Rohit is also the vice-captain in limited overs cricket and this comes as a big blow to India. During the fifth T20I, Rohit sustained a calf injury. He retired hurt after scoring 60 runs off 41 balls. While going for a quick single, he pulled his calf muscle. He smashed a six off Ish Sodhi despite the pain. However, when the pain became unbearable, he had to walk off the field.
“He is out of the tour. Right now, it’s not looking good. The physio is assessing him. We will get to know how bad it is but he is not taking any further part in the series,” a top BCCI source told PTI on conditions on anonymity.
Starting Wednesday, India is lined up for three ODIs and two Tests later on.
The replacement shall be announced by the old selection committee under MSK Prasad. But it may take some time as convenor of the selection committee, secretary Jay Shah, is on his way to New Zealand.
“Once the secretary’s approval comes, the replacement will be announced,” the source added.
The replacements for Rohit
Mayank Agarwal is likely to be the reserve opener for the ODIs. However, Shubman Gill is also in the mix. Gill scored a double hundred in the ongoing Test series against New Zealand A.
KL Rahul seems a potential replacement in the Test setup. Rahul is currently in his prime form and is well experienced as well. On the other hand, Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill will fight for the reserve opener’s slot.
As far as the injury is concerned, the possibility of a calf muscle tear is still not ascertained. Rohit was seen in severe pain even after being attended by the physio.
This injury comes as a big blow to team India. Across formats, Rohit has had a phenomenal run in 2019. Right from the World Cup to the recent series against Australia and New Zealand, Rohit had been an integral part of team India’s success.
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