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Rohit to miss last ODI; unlikely in Test series

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  • 8 December, 2022 12:00 AM
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Rohit to miss last ODI; unlikely in Test series
India’s Rohit Sharma is seen leaving the field. – COLLECTED PHOTO

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Indian skipper Rohit Sharma won’t be available for the third and last ODI against Bangladesh while the batsman is also unlikely in the upcoming two-match Test series against the same opposition, Indian head coach Rahul Dravid confirmed on Wednesday.

Rohit injured his thumb while taking a catch during the second over of the Bangladesh innings and didn’t field in the rest of the innings as he was taken to a hospital for an x-ray in the second game in Mirpur.

However, he came in the middle with stitches in hand and struck a brilliant unbeaten 51 off 28 balls to give India a chance in the match but his side finally fell five-run short of the Bangladesh innings to suffer a 0-2 series defeat.

Apart from Rohit, Indian pacer duo Deepak Chahar and Kuldeep Sen were also out of the remaining part of the series after sustaining different injuries.

“We are struggling with few injuries and it’s not ideal for us. I think Kuldeep, Deepak and Rohit will certainly miss the next game,” said Dravid during a press conference after the game.

“First two are out of the series and Rohit will fly back to Mumbai and consult with the next board and see whether he can come back for the Test series. I can’t say more as it’s too early to speak right now,” he added.

Dravid, however, hailed Rohit’s effort with the bat that nearly pulled off an exciting win while he also credited Mehidy Hasan Miraz for his outstanding performances in both matches.

“It was phenomenal. I think Rohit has shown the level of courage. He had a serious dislocation and he had to go to the hospital to get the set right,” he said.

“He had stitches in his hand. Couple of injections before he went out to bat. Credit to him as he went out and took his chance. And it was amazing how close he took us in the game. Great courage from him to go out and give us a chance but unfortunately, we couldn’t win in the end.

“We had our opportunities as you have mentioned. But credit to them especially the way Mehidy played. He has been fantastic in the series – in the first match as well as here. It was a different kind of innings but both the innings were really good,” he added.

The dead rubber third ODI will take place in Chattogram on Wednesday while the first Test will get underway on December 14 at the same venue.