Rohit Sharma is making the most his time away from cricket. The India star last played for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League 2018.
Rohit did not get included in the squad for the recently-concluded one-off Test against Afghanistan, and the 30-year old made the most of the opportunity.
An avid football fan, Rohit went to Russia to cheer his favourite team in the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018. He had recently revealed he would support Spain and made sure to attend their tournament-opener against Portugal on Friday.
He took to Instagram to post a picture of himself holding an Indian tri-colour with the caption:
“Making sure our flag flies high everywhere #Fifa18”
Well, Rohit could not see his favourite side start their tournament with a win. Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning hat-trick helped Portugal salvage a thrilling 3-3 draw against the 2010 winners.
Meanwhile, Rohit will get back to action when India tours Ireland and England later in June. The Men in Blue will take on Ireland in two T20Is. After that, they will depart for England for three T20Is and as many ODIs which will be followed by a five-match Test series.
After a dismal IPL where he failed to cross the 300-run mark for the first time in 11 seasons, Rohit will be keen to hit the ground running. In a recent interview, he said the England tour would help India prepare for next year’s World Cup in England and Wales.
“The England tour will be important to get used to the conditions. And get the right players (involved) moving forward (to the World Cup). I am sure the captain and coach will have an eye on the right combination,” he said.
“India will look to finalise their combination for the World Cup in these ODIs.The ODIs in England will give India’s batsmen the chance to play in conditions they need to acclimatise to for the World Cup.
“We will get a chance to get used to the conditions. Having said that most of the guys have played there before. For those going there for the first time, especially for our wrist-spinners, it will be an important tour,” he added.