India’s skipper Rohit Sharma will return home to seek medical advice for his thumb injury and will miss the final day international against Bangladesh, coach Rahul Dravid said on Wednesday.
What happened to Rohit?
Rohit batted at number nine with stitches in his hand and scored a valiant 51 not out in his side’s five-run defeat to Bangladesh, who took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, in Dhaka .
The captain adds to India’s growing injury list with Kuldeep Sen, who sat out the match with back stiffness, and also fellow fast forward Deepak Chahar, who bowled just three overs with a hamstring strain. knee, excluded from the series.
“Struggling with some injuries, which isn’t ideal, it’s not easy for us,” Dravid told reporters following the loss.
“Kuldeep and Deepak are out of the series. Rohit will miss the next match, come back to Mumbai to consult an expert and see how he is and whether he might come back for test matches or not, I’m not sure. Too early to tell.”
India and Bangladesh will play two tests starting on 14 December.
Rohit, who hit five sixes in his blitz and needed a six to win on final ball when Mustafizur Rahman held his nerve, had gone for the scans after taking a hit while attempting a sliding catch in the inning of the bangladesh.
Rohit dropped Bangladesh opener Anamul Haque in the second over of the match as the ball appeared to catch his web between his thumb and forefinger with blood oozing out as he walked off the pitch.
Dravid hailed Rohit’s courage to run next to Bangladesh with an injured hand after India slipped to 207-7 in their run to 272.
“It was phenomenal for him to show that level of courage. He had a severe dislocation, he had to go to the hospital to fix himself, stitches in his hand, a couple of injections to get out and beat,” Dravid said.
“We thank him, for going out and taking the risk and amazing how close he got us with that innings.”
Dravid said the squad should have a fully fit squad in January as they look to “deal” with issues in the 50-over World Cup year.
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