Rohit Sharma has been named the interim captain of the Indian cricket team to lead his side against Bangladesh for home assignment in Virat Kohli’s absence. Virat Kohli has been handed much-needed rest following a tiring tour of the West Indies and home series against South Africa.
However, in a shocking development, there were concerns in the Indian camp and among the fans after the captain left the training session midway on Thursday at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in the national capital.
India’s elite opener picked up a blow on the left side of his abdomen during the training drills ahead of the opening T20I against Bangladesh after which it triggered widespread speculations that he may have received serious injury ahead of the three-match T20I series.
India’s makeshift captain was taking throwdowns from team batting coach Vikram Rathour and Sri Lanka’s Nuwan Seneviratne at the practice session. During that session, he got hit on the left side of his abdomen and had no other option but to leave the practice session midway.
Good news for Rohit Sharma fans:
Needless to say, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has now given a positive update on Rohit’s injury status and the Indian fans can breathe a sigh of relief as he is physically fit. Rohit Sharma has been declared fit after being totally assessed by the BCCI medical team and will feature for the first T20I against Bangladesh on November 3.
A media release issued by India’s governing body said: “Rohit Sharma was hit on the left side of his abdomen while batting in the nets today. The BCCI medical team has confirmed that he is fit and available for the first T20I after assessment of his injury.”
India vs Bangladesh T20 Series 2019 Schedule:
1st T20I: November 03, Sunday at Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi (7:00 PM IST)
2nd T20I: November 07, Thursday at Saurashtra Cricket Stadium, Rajkot (7:00 PM IST)
3rd T20I: November 10, Sunday at Vidarbha Cricket Stadium, Nagpur (7:00 PM IST)
Indian team for T20Is against Bangladesh:
Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant(wk), Washington Sundar, Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rahul Chahar, Deepak Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed, Shivam Dube, Shardul Thakur
Bangladesh team for T20Is against India:
Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Naim, Mahmudullah (c), Afif Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain, Animul Islam, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Arafat Sunny, Al-Amin Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Shaiful Islam, Abu Haider Rony, Mohammad Mithun, Taijul Islam.