Rohit Sharma is likely to miss the remainder of New Zealand tour due to a calf injury.
According to a BCCI source [as quoted by Press Trust of India]: “He is out of the tour. Right now, it’s not looking good. The physio is assessing him. We will get to know how bad it is but he is not taking any further part in the series.”
The prolific batsman, leading in absence of rested Virat Kohli in the final T20I, pulled his calf muscle while scampering through a single. After receiving some treatment from the physio, he slammed a six off the very next ball but his discomfort prevented him from running between the wickets.
He was taken off the field and didn’t take part in New Zealand’s run-chase. KL Rahul had to take the captaincy duties in Sharma’s absence.
The injury comes a massive blow to his Test career, which has been on the rise since he slammed two hundreds and a double ton against South Africa at home last year.
In the recent ODI series against Australia, he became the third-fastest batsman to reach 9,000 ODI runs, completing the milestone in his 217th innings.
India will face New Zealand in a three-match ODI series before playing two Tests as a part of ICC World Test Championship.