The preparations were underway for the touring side. The Indian team was preparing at the Sharad Pawar cricket academy and then comes the news that the newly appointed ODI and T20 skipper has got injured. While it was all smiles throughout the evening, the news then later emerged that Rohit Sharma has been injured and will not go to South Africa for the test series. And reports say that he is likely to miss the ODI series as well.
Now Gautam Gambhir has said that Rohit Sharma’s absence will be a big setback for India as he is the kind of player who can take the game away from the opposition. The left-hander who has known for his courageous innings in the final of both 2007 T20 and 2011 World Cup has backed Rohit Sharma to win an ICC tournament for India, something which India won last in 2013 under the captaincy of MS Dhoni. While Rohit not being in SA is a setback, Gambhir believes that the player who will be opted in Sharma’s place will also perform. It is worth to note that India are desperately eyeing their first test series win in South Africa.
It has been a pattern we have observed over the last couple of years that the replacements have performed more than the expectations. Earlier, this year, Siraj and T Natrajan and Washington Sundar did exceptionally well in Australia and contributed heavily to India’s emphatic win over Australia. BCCI has called in Priyank Panchal as the replacement for Rohit Sharma, however, there are the likes of Shubhman Gill and Mayan Agarwal who will be willing to grab an opportunity to cement their place in this competitive Indian side.
Rohit Sharma suffered from Hamstrong injury
While earlier, there were reports that Sharma was injured by a throwdown from the specialist. Raghvendra fondly called as Raghu by the men in blue and co. has injured a few over the years with his knockdown. While it seemed that the injury is unlikely to be of any trouble, the news later emerged that it is actually the hamstring injury that has sidelined Rohit for the Test series. And going by the average healing time for a hamstring injury, it is likely that Rohit will miss the ODI series too.
Who will captain India in the absence of Rohit?
In case Sharma decides to opt out of the ODI series, the likelihood of which is very high considering the nature of the injury, it would be interesting to see who will lead the side in the ODIs. The BCCI may have to look forward to Virat Kohli to lead the team who has been recently annexed from the ODI captaincy as the selectors were not in favour of split white-ball captaincy as revealed by Sourav Ganguly.