Indian skipper Rohit Sharma has been ruled out of the 2nd test against Bangladesh that will start on the 22nd of December in Dhaka. The Indian captain, who also missed the 1st test in Chattogram, is still healing from a thumb injury he picked up in the ODI series and will take no further part in the tour.
While Rohit’s injury has improved, it is believed that the Indian management doesn’t want to take the risk of playing him against Bangladesh. Rohit picked up the injury while trying to take a catch in the slips in the 2nd ODI.
The Indian team’s medical staff rushed him to Mumbai on December 7 to assess him further. Upon further scans, it was found that Rohit dislocated his thumb and was subsequently ruled out of the 1st test. The Indian skipper has been undergoing treatment in Mumbai since and won’t travel to Bangladesh.
It is believed that with his current condition, Rohit will be able to bat but there were concerns regarding his ability to field. Given the volume of cricket India will have to play in the next couple of months, the medical team didn’t want to run the risk of aggravating the injury.
India’s home season will begin with white-ball rubbers against Sri Lanka and New Zealand, which will consist of 6 ODIs and 6 T20Is, followed by a blockbuster 4-test series against Australia.
KL Rahul stated that he was unsure if Rohit Sharma would feature in the 2nd test when asked during a press conference after the 1st test. “We may be able to know in the next day or two, even I am not aware of it,” Rahul said.
Rohit’s injury has resolved a tricky situation for the management, who would otherwise have to choose between Shubman Gill and KL Rahul for the 2nd test. Shubman Gill is in impressive form, scoring his maiden century in the 1st test and it would have been a tough call to leave him out.