Having sustained a thigh injury during the final ODI of the series decider against New Zealand in Visakhapatnam, opening batsman Rohit Sharma has been ruled out of the entire test series against England that starts from November 9. The injury on his thigh muscle is expected to keep him off the action for six to eight weeks.
While announcing the squad for the first two tests, Chief selector of Indian cricket team Mr. Prasad said, “We have all seen over the television how Rohit was injured. Though it’s not a serious injury, doctors have not ruled out the chances of a surgery. We are hopeful that Rohit will recover as soon as possible”.
“Rohit will be available for selection in six to eight weeks if the injury is a minor one. However, if he requires a surgery, it could be more”, he added.
Rohit has been in a sublime form with three fifties in the recently concluded three-match test series against New Zealand. He also top-scored with 70 in the final ODI at Visakhapatnam, which India won by 190 runs. The right-handed batsman has first expressed the signs of injury when he was batting at 46 in the final ODI.
The five-match test series against England will start from November 9 and goes on till December 20. As of now, it remains unknown if Sharma could recover in time for the ODI series against England starting January 15, 2017.
On the other hand, the Indian squad for the first two tests appeared uneven with KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan ruled out with injuries. The selectors named veteran Gautam Gambhir as the backup for Shikhar Dhawan while, Hardik Pandya received his maiden Test call.