Rohit Sharma, the Mumbai Indians captain, who missed out of Champions League Twenty20 due to multiple injuries, is now set to be unavailable for the limited-overs’ series of the India’s home series against the touring West Indies. Rohit is likely to make a comeback for the three-Test series, which is scheduled to begin from October 30, following the five ODIs and one-off T20.
Rohit was initially ruled out for four weeks puting a hope that he can recover by the last two ODIs and the T20 game. But though his fractured finger has healed, it is been informed that he will be needing to take three more weeks to recover from his shoulder injury. Sharma is being monitored by BCCI physios in Bangalore at the National Cricket Academy.
Also it has been known that neither Rohit himself nor the selectors are willing to force the talented player back to international cricket considering the major assignments that will follow the West Indies series. The selectors and the team management believe Rohit will be a crucial pick for the India’s winter tour to Australia and the World Cup to be held in Australia and New Zealand in February-March.
However, the ODI and T20 squads against West Indies will be named on October 4.
Rohit will now need to prove his match fitness before getting selected for the Test series. If he do recovers well inside schedule, Rohit could feature in the Duleep Trophy semi-final if West Zone qualifies, if not he might play in the Board President’s XI, which will be facing the West Indians in a three-day tour game to be held in Kanpur from October 25.