Captain Rohit Sharma suffered an injury scare in the fifth and final Test of the series against England as he did not take the field on Saturday. Rohit was diagnosed with a stiff back with the Indian cricket board (BCCI) confirming the news during the first session of the third day’s play at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala.

Jasprit Bumrah, the vice-captain, was overseeing things, making the necessary bowling and fielding changes after India stretched their first innings lead to 259. | Dharamsala Test, India vs England: Scorecard |

Bumrah opened the bowling himself along with R Ashwin and the decision to hand the new ball to the off-spinner worked in India’s favour. Ashwin got the wicket of England opener Ben Duckett as early as the first over to pile up the pressure on the visiting team, who are in danger of facing an innings defeat.

It was the first time in the 5-Test series Rohit Sharma was missing a day’s play due to fitness issues. The India captain has been a constant in the XI despite injury concerns and availability issues over the last few weeks in the Test side. The back issue came a day after Rohit Sharma hit his second hundred of the series. Rohit hit a well-controlled 103 that set-up India’s push towards a massive total after England were bundled out for 218 in their first innings.

Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill shone with a hundred each as each of the top 5 batters hit at least a fifty, a new Test record for India against England.

Rohit’s form at the start of the series was questioned, but the captain has led from the front wonderfully well in the absence of key starts. While he has taken his tally to 400 runs in the series, Rohit’s leadership skill to diffuse talks about England’s much-hyped Bazball approach has been commendable.

Indian cricket fans will be hoping Rohit Sharma’s stiff back is just a minor issue as the skipper will be key to Mumbai Indians’s campaign in IPL 2024 and India’s hopes of doing well at the T20 World Cup in June.

Published By:

Akshay Ramesh

Published On:

Mar 9, 2024


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