Rohit Sharma will not be playing in fourth Test as he and wife Ritika Sajdeh are blessed with a baby girl. Earlier, Sharma has taken flight back home to be with his pregnant wife as the couple await the wait of their first child.
The Indian Cricket Board in a press release said, “Rohit Sharma left for Mumbai on the 30th of December to attend to his wife who has delivered a baby girl. The BCCI congratulates Rohit on the beginning of a new chapter in his life.”
“Rohit will miss the fourth and the final Test against Australia at Sydney. There will be no replacement player in the Test squad. He will join the ODI squad on the 8th of January 2019, when the team begins their preparation for the ODI series starting 12th January.
Seema Khan, wife of actor Sohail Khan, confirmed the news tagging Ritika in an Instagram story, captioning it “baby girl Masi’s (sic) again”.
India has regained its position in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy at Melbourne Cricket Ground with an empathic 137 runs.
This win is a very much needed boost India needed after a 146-run loss at Perth against Australia. Rohit Sharma player two Tests in this tour and scored a half-century at the MCG in India’s first innings. He played four innings in total and scored 106 runs at 35.33, highest score being 63 not out.
According to TOI, a source said, “It would’ve been great to have him (Rohit) around. Tactically, he brings so much to the side and then his batting provides the right kind of balance to the side. But what awaits him is far bigger and more important.”
The ongoing Test series is at an interesting intersection, India leading towards their first Test series win on the Australian soil.
In Sharma’s absence doors are opened for Hardik Pandya who flew to join the national squad midway after a full recovery from his back injury during 2018 Asia Cup in the UAE. However, on the Sydney Cricket Ground India might be tempted to include an extra spinner in the bowling attack. Ravichandran Ashwin or Kuldeep Yadav can be seen joining the team.
For the final Test that starts on January 3, Australia has also called the legspinning allrounder in Marnus Labuschagne.