In a worrisome development for Team India, captain Rohit Sharma encountered an injury scare during a net session on Tuesday, just a day before the highly anticipated World Test Championship final against Australia at The Oval. While taking throwdowns, Rohit was struck on his left thumb, prompting him to leave the session as a precautionary measure.
Rohit taken out
Although the injury appears to be minor, the 36-year-old batsman withdrew from further training but later attended the pre-match press conference. Rohit’s availability for the crucial match remains uncertain, casting a shadow of concern over the Indian camp.
The WTC final holds immense significance for Rohit Sharma, who took over the Test captaincy from Virat Kohli in January 2022. Despite leading the team in six matches, all of which were played at home, this match will be his biggest test as a captain in the longest format. Rohit had missed previous opportunities to showcase his leadership skills in England due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a thumb injury that kept him out of the Test series in Bangladesh as well.
Rohit eager to get his first trophy
If Rohit manages to start the game on Tuesday, it will only be his seventh appearance in England since his Test debut in 2013. However, his memories of the 2021 tour remain vivid, where he made a significant impact as an opener, culminating in a splendid century at The Oval. Rohit’s magnificent 127 in that match remains his sole Test hundred outside the sub-continent, adding to the anticipation of his performance in the upcoming final.
Additionally, Rohit will be eager to secure his first ICC trophy as a skipper, having missed out on the opportunity during the 2022 T20 World Cup when India faced a semi-final exit. The captain expressed his determination to conquer the ultimate format of Test cricket, highlighting the importance of winning the title and his aspirations to lead India to 1-2 ICC titles.
The Indian team management and fans will anxiously await further updates on Rohit Sharma’s injury, hoping for a swift recovery and his presence in the playing XI for the crucial clash against Australia. The setback serves as a reminder of the unpredictable nature of the sport, adding an extra layer of intrigue to an already highly-anticipated contest.