Xtra Time Web Desk: In a huge injury scare, India captain Rohit Sharma had to retire hurt while batting during the third T20I against West Indies at Warner Park on Tuesday. Rohit was visibly in severe pain as the team physios did not risk him staying back to bat again. Later the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) updated that he has back spasms and the medical team is monitoring the progress.
Rohit too gave a positive update on his injury when appearing for the post-match presentation.
The injury can be blamed because of the scheduling. The two teams had to play back-to-back matches in a span of 18 hours, hardly having enough recovery time between two matches.
Reports suggest Rohit had a back spasm which forced him off the field. While it is still early to assess the extent of Rohit Sharma’s injury, there are growing concerns, especially considering that the Indian captain has hurt his back. With a cramped international schedule ahead, especially with big tournaments like Asia Cup and T20 World Cup, it is paramount the players are given ample recovery time.
Rohit and head coach Rahul Dravid would hope that is not the case, especially with the Asia Cup 2022 later this month. India already faces a question mark with KL Rahul’s fitness and given Virat Kohli’s form, Rohit becomes absolutely essential to the team as a batter and a leader.
India will begin their Asia Cup campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan on August 28. In fact Rohit led the Indian team in the previous edition of the tournament in UAE in 2018.