Rohit likely to return for West Indies series


New Delhi: India’s white ball captain Rohit Sharma is recovering well from his left hamstring injury and has a bright chance of making a comeback for the six-match home white-ball series against the West Indies next month.

Rohit, who was also the designated Test vice-captain for the tour of South Africa, sustained a left-hamstring strain during a net session just prior to the team’s departure for the tour and had to pull out.

He was subsequently also forced to skip the ODIs in South Africa, starting this Wednesday, as he couldn’t attain full fitness before the selection committee announced the team.

“Rohit’s rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy is going pretty well. He is expected to be okay for the West Indies series. It’s still close to three weeks from now before the first ODI is played in Ahmedabad from February 6,” a BCCI source privy to developments said on conditions of anonymity.

The series against the West Indies comprises three ODIs and as many T20 Internationals.

The one-dayers will be played February 6 to 12, followed by T20Is from February 15 to 20. For Rohit, the hamstring has been a recurrent problem which also forced him to miss the first two Test matches as well as the white-ball leg of the tour of Australia in 2020-21.

He did make a comeback for the final two Tests after serving a two-week hard quarantine in Sydney for the last two Test matches.

Currently, as per BCCI’s policy, each and every player has to mandatorily appear for fitness tests at the NCA before being awarded ‘fit to play’ certificates.

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