The curse of Test cricket continues for Rohit Sharma, but the difference this time around is that the Mumbai batsman has nothing to do with his “Test curse”. He has yet to taste a good level of success as a Test cricketer and the upcoming five-Test series against England will have been ideal for him to reinforce his place in the Indian Test side, following a series of good showings with the bat (35, 68*, 2, 82, 51*) in the three Tests against New Zealand.
Unfortunately, Rohit cannot feature in the five Tests and probably, in the three-ODI and three-T20I series that follow the Tests against the Alastair Cook-led England as well.
The stylish Mumbai batsman suffered a right quadriceps injury while batting in the series-deciding Visakhapatnam ODI against the Blackcaps and which disallowed him from coming out to field, with the MS Dhoni-led India trying to defend 269 and clinch the five-ODI series 3-2.
Rohit Sharma has not been picked in the 15-man Indian squad for the Rajkot and Visakhapatnam Tests against the Poms. And, a couple of days after the Indian Test squad to face England was announced, a BCCI press release has said the following: “Rohit will travel to London early next week for specialist consultation with a possibility to undergo surgery, as a result of which, he is expected to miss at least 10-12 weeks of cricket.”
Rohit was initially expected to miss only six-eight weeks of action.
When Will Rohit Sharma Be Back in Action?
Rohit Sharma will now surely miss the entirety of India’s five-Test series against England, with the final Test to be played from December 16th-20th at the MAC Stadium in Chennai. The two teams have a 25-day break before the three-ODI series begins on 15th January 2017. But the period (10-12 weeks) quoted in the BCCI press release, is an indicator that Rohit, in mid-January, might still be 20 days away from recovering fully.
So, we can, to a degree of certainty, say that Rohit Sharma will be in a position to return to action when Bangladesh tour India for a solitary Test match which begins on February 8th, 2017, with the final T20I between India and England scheduled for 1st February 2017.
Rohit Sharma Injury Update:
Rohit Sharma shared the below pic, after undergoing surgery, on his Twitter handle (@ImRo45) on the 11th of November.
All went well. Thank you for your good wishes. Can’t wait to be back at it pic.twitter.com/llKqRtc3LJ
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) November 11, 2016
Why Has Rohit Sharma not Been Picked in the Indian Squad for Bangladesh Test?
We surmised that the Mumbai batsman might be back for India’s one-off Test against Bangladesh. The 10-12-week post-surgery rehabilitation period which started in the first week of November 2016, came to an end last week. However, Rohit is currently training at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore and has said that he’s targeting the Australia series for making his return to competitive cricket.
You can read the interview Rohit gave India Today here, regarding his recovering from injury, his state of mind and the possible return.
Rohit is a mercurial batsman who can thrill you on his day and frustrate you, as well, on many days with his poor shot selection and nonchalant demeanour.