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India vs Bangladesh: BCCI provides injury update as Rohit Sharma walks off after being hit during nets

Ind vs Ban: India’s stand-in captain immediately took his gloves off and stormed out of the practice area even as India’s batting coach Vikram Rathour and Seneviratne tried to calm him down.

cricket Updated: Nov 02, 2019 20:51 IST
Aritra Mukherjee
Aritra Mukherjee
Hindustan Times, New Dehi
India's Rohit Sharma takes part in a practice session at Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium.
India's Rohit Sharma takes part in a practice session at Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium.(AFP)
         

A visibly upset Rohit Sharma on Friday walked out of the net session after a ball struck his leg two days prior to the series opening T20I against Bangladesh on Sunday at New Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium. Barely a few minutes into India’s net session Rohit was hit on his leg when he was batting against India’s throwdown specialist Nuwan Seneviratne. India’s stand-in captain immediately took his gloves off and stormed out of the practice area even as India’s batting coach Vikram Rathour and Seneviratne tried to calm him down.

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At first instance, the injury did not seem too serious as Rohit did not have any difficulties while walking. Rohit did not return to the nets. Till the time Rohit was out in the nets, he looked in good touch, playing his front foot cover drives to perfection. He even used his feet on a couple of occasions against Shardul Thakur.

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Later, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) issued a statement saying Rohit is fine and will lead the team in the first T20. “Rohit Sharma was hit in the left side of his abdomen while batting in the nets today. BCCI medical team has confirmed that he is fit and available for the first T20 against Bangladesh after assessment of his injury,” the statement read.

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Who is Seneviratne

Nuwan Seneviratne is a Sri Lankan throwdown specialist who was roped in by Team India ahead of 2018 Asia Cup in Dubai. He has played only two first class matches but has quite name as a throwdown specialist.

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India have Raghavindraa - India’s throwdown specialist- for a long time but Seneviratne was hired to help the batsmen prepare better against left-arm seamers. Bangladesh have the likes of Mustafizur Rahman in their ranks.