Rohit Sharma discarded the ODI series and Test against New Zealand: BCCI source
NEW DELHI: In a blow to India, vice captain of limitations Rohit Sharma it was the Monday discarded from the next ODI and Test series against New Zealand after holding a calf injury during the fifth International T20 in Mount Maunganui.
Rohit retired injured after scoring 60 of 41 balls after he removed the calf muscle while looking for a quick single during the match that India won on Sunday.
It is off the tour. At this time, it doesn't look good. The physio is evaluating it. We will know how bad it is but it is not taking part in the series, an important BCCI source told PTI. under conditions of anonymity.
India is scheduled to play three ODI, as of Wednesday, and two tests after that.
Following the hierarchical order, Mayank Agarwal is likely to be the reserve opener in the ODI format as well as during the ODI at home against the West Indies. However, Shubman Gill, with a double of one hundred in the ongoing tests of the A series against New Zealand A, is also back in the mix.
The former MSK Prasad selection committee will announce the replacement, but it could take some time, as the selection committee coordinator, Secretary Jay Shah, heads to New Zealand along with treasurer Arun Dhumal.
Once the approval of the secretary arrives, the replacement will be announced, the source added.
In the tests, the experienced KL Rahul could once again put on India's targets, while Gill and Prithvi Shaw will probably fight for the position of the reserve opener.
It has not yet been determined whether Rohit has had a broken calf muscle, but he looked in severe pain even after the physicist Nitin Patel attended.
Despite the pain, he hit a six of Ish Sodhi but had to be replaced after he became unbearable for him.
Rohit's injury is a big blow to the Indian team, especially after his great show in all formats in 2019.
He continued his efforts to win games first against Australia at home, followed by two strokes in the recently concluded international T20 series against New Zealand, which India won 5-0.
It included a stellar Super Over performance where he hit six consecutive.