Having been ruled out of the next ten to twelve weeks due to a serious injury, Indian batsman Rohit Sharma has vowed to bounce back. The 29-year old is set to travel to London next week to meet a medical consultant and faces the possibility of a surgery to recover completely from the damage on his right upper quadriceps tendon.
The injury could not have come at a wrong time for him after he showed signs of turning his Test career around during the 3-match series against New Zealand. Only Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and skipper Virat Kohli scored more runs than the elegant right-hander’s tally of 238 runs at an average of 79.33 which included a half-century in each of the three Tests.
Speaking to India Today, Rohit admitted, “The injury was disappointing and (it was) bad timing. I was going well. But, I have to keep my spirits high. I will bounce back. I tried to give myself more time against New Zealand in Tests. I have been trying for long.”
Earlier in the day, a BCCI release had confirmed, “He (Rohit) will travel to London early next week for a specialist consultation with the possibility of undergoing surgery, as a result of which he may 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.”
Apart from him, India will also have to do without the services of Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul and Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the upcoming 5-Test series against England. In their places, Gautam Gambhir, Karun Nair, Hardik Pandya and Jayant Yadav find themselves slotted into the 15-man squad. However, Rohit played down any concerns regarding the impact that these injuries could have on the number one ranked Test team.
He felt, “We are playing our best cricket. We are favourites. If we continue to play the way we are, there will be no stopping us. It’s a long 13-Test season. Physical and mental fitness will be key. I hope everyone can stay fit. Our spin department is well covered. We have great spinners. I hope we can dominate them like we did against New Zealand. Good luck from my side.”
The highly anticipated five-Test series is scheduled to begin at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on November 9.