Prior to the commencement of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final at the Oval in London on June 7, reports have emerged regarding an injury to India’s captain, Rohit Sharma.
During a voluntary net practice session, the skilled right-handed batsman sustained a blow to his left thumb, leading to an injury. It was reported by ANI that Rohit received medical attention and had his thumb bandaged. Initially, he continued with his practice, but eventually decided to discontinue. Subsequently, the 36-year-old cricketer removed the bandage from his thumb.
For those unaware, it is worth noting that Rohit Sharma had previously been absent from the rescheduled fifth Test against England in 2022 due to contracting COVID-19.
Additionally, during the Bangladesh tour, the opener also encountered a thumb injury. In the event that Sharma is unable to participate in the crucial final, Team India has several captaincy alternatives in the form of Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, and Ajinkya Rahane.
With 650 runs in 11 Tests against Australia, featuring a century and three half-centuries, the 36-year-old Rohit Sharma has showcased his prowess against the team. Similarly, in England, he has accumulated 466 runs in six Tests at an impressive average of 42.36.
Notably, he has also registered a notable century at the Oval, the venue for the WTC final. Given his consistent performances, India would undoubtedly prefer to have him in the lineup for this crucial match.
However, it’s worth mentioning that Rohit’s recent IPL season with the Mumbai Indians (MI) was relatively below-par, as he scored 332 runs in 16 matches, including a couple of half-centuries.
Fans on Twitter though were not pleased with Rohit Sharma’s injury ahead of his 50th Test and leading India in a crucial match.
Nothing new— Aarav (@sigma__male_) June 6, 2023
He always do these things to gain sympathy. So that he could skip criticism after failure
2 mins of silence for those kids who think he won't play tomorrow.— Shark 🦈 (@Motichur_laddoo) June 6, 2023
Rohit injured before a important overseas test again ? 💀— Shakti (@kohlifiedd) June 6, 2023
Overseas tour and Rohit sharma getting injured , we have seen this before 😮— S.🕸️ (@viratesque_18) June 6, 2023