After being hit on the left side of his lower abdomen during training at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on Friday, stand-in India skipper Rohit Sharma has been cleared by the BCCI’s medical team to play in the opening T20I of the three-match series against Bangladesh on Sunday.
A media release issued by the BCCI 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.”
Rohit, who was taking throwdowns from batting coach Vikram Rathour and Sri Lanka’s Nuwan Seneviratne at the nets, walked-off the practice session midway, after he suffered the blow and didn’t return to bat.
In the absence of the regular skipper, Virat Kohli, the onus of batting lies mainly on Rohit, who has been in prolific form in recent times. After slamming five centuries in the World Cup in the UK earlier this year, the right-handed batter made an emphatic start as an opener in Test cricket, hitting three centuries, including a double hundred, against South Africa in the recently-concluded series which India won 3-0.
Rohit Sharma is set to become the first male Indian cricketer to play 100 T20Is for India during the series. He has currently played 98 matches in the format and has amassed 2443 runs at an average of 32.1 and the strike-rate of 136.6. He also has four tons to his name in the shortest format of the game at the international level.
The second T20I will be played at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on November 7, followed by the third one at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur. The T20I series will be followed by a two-match Test series as well.