The Hush Post| 12:10 pm|two-minute-read
Cricketer Rohit Sharma will not be part of the final Test match against Australia. He is headed home to be with his just-born baby girl and wife Ritika Sajdeh.
Rohit will join the ODI squad on January 8 2019, with the first game starting January 12. Ritika, who also doubles up as Rohit Sharma’s manager, delivered their first child in Mumbai on Sunday.
Rohit was a part of the Indian XI in both their victorious Tests of the ongoing tour. He was forced to miss the second Test in Perth due to a back injury, but recovered for Melbourne. In Melbourne, he scored an unbeaten 63 in the first innings. Overall, he has scores of 106 runs in four innings.
The board has decided against naming a replacement for Rohit. The other options for India in the middle order are Hardik Pandya and Parthiv Patel. Hardik, who had missed more than two months of action due to a back injury, joined the squad after the second Test. Parthiv has been with the side from the start of the tour as a back-up wicketkeeper.
If Hardik returns, India might also consider playing two spinners if the pitch in Sydney is suitable. In that case, they can fit in either of the two R Ashwin or Kuldeep Yadav.
It’s unlikely, but India could also bring back one of their regular openers – KL Rahul or M Vijay – and give Hanuma Vihari, who opened in Melbourne, his middle-order slot again.
The final Test in Sydney begins on January 3. At present India is ahead in the series 2-1.