These are not happy days for Rohit Sharma. Soon after being dropped from the Indian team in favour of the 37-year-old Rahul Dravid, the Mumbai batsman has suffered an injury that will put him out of action for 4-6 weeks.
Only recently Rohit missed the cut for the forthcoming tri-series in Sri Lanka and the Champions Trophy in South Africa.
Rohit, playing for the Mumbai Cricket Association XI in the Buchi Babu tournament in Chennai, fell hard on his left shoulder while fielding against the TNCA President’s XI on August 20.
An MRI scan conducted on the same day revealed bruising to the bone and a grade 2 muscle tear.
After being seen by an orthopaedic expert in Chennai Rohit sought a second opinion in Bangalore before reporting to the NCA, a source revealed. “He is experiencing pain when moving his hand and there is also a lot of swelling,” the source said. “There’s also a bit of weakness.”
Rohit has been told to keep his arm in a sling for five days and then ice the affected area regularly. He’s also been told not to undertake any activity whatsoever in the near future.
This means that Rohit won’t be able to turn out for Indian Oil in the Sahara Corporate Trophy. He may recover in time to play for Mumbai in their Irani Trophy match against Rest of India in Nagpur from October 1 to 5.