Team India batsman Rohit Sharma is likely to undergo surgery in London in the next few days after sustaining an injury during the final ODI between India and New Zealand.
He is expected to be out of action for at least 10-12 weeks.
He sustained the injury while batting during the fifth ODI at Visakhapatnam, damaging his right upper quadricep tendons in his right leg. Earlier, he was slated to be out for six to eight weeks, but an updated report from BCCI has confirmed the extent of his stay away from the game.
"He will travel to London early next week for specialist consultation with a possibility to undergo surgery, as a result of which, he is expected to miss at least 10 to 12 weeks of cricket. The BCCI medical team will extend all support to Rohit Sharma, to regain full fitness and further contribute to Indian Cricket, " BCCI announced in a press release.
The right-hander was in scratchy form throughout the series, scoring just a solitary half-century in five ODIs. Apart from the 70 in the last ODI at Vizag, his scores in the other four matches read 11,13,14 and 15. Sharma is the only batsman to score two double centuries in ODIs.
His form in Tests has always been a matter of concern, with the 29-year old unable to reproduce his ODI run in the longest format. In 21 matches, he has managed just two centuries, one of which was a ton on debut against the West Indies in 2011. The Mumbai-batsman has the backing of captain Virat Kohli, who believed Rohit can play a pivotal role as part of the middle order in Tests as well.
He was also left out of the Test squad for the first two matches of the series against England. The extent of the injury means that he is unlikely to play a role in the series at all. The first Test of the five-match series begins in Rajkot on November 9.