IPL 2019: Rohit Sharma suffers leg spasm, misses first match in 11 years

Kieron Pollard will be leading Mumbai Indians against Kings XI Punjab in place of regular skipper Rohit Sharma.

Rohit Sharma has been rested for the match against Kings XI Punjab.   -  IPL

A day after Rohit Sharma picked up a 'right leg muscle spasm', the Mumbai Indians captain sat out of his side’s Indian Premier League (IPL) home game against Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday.

In Rohit’s absence, Kieron Pollard walked out for the toss and will lead the side. The team brought in local boy, Siddhesh Lad, as his replacement.

The Mumbai Indians confirmed that the team management decided to rest Rohit as a ‘precautionary measure’.

He is likely to return to action for Mumbai's next home game against Rajasthan Royals on Saturday.

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“Rohit Sharma had suffered right leg muscle spasm yesterday during training. Rohit has recovered significantly in the last 24 hours,” the franchise informed.

“As a precautionary measure, Mumbai Indians management has decided to rest Rohit for one match.”

One of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials also confirmed to Sportstar that the Board is keeping a tab on Rohit’s fitness.

“The team physio is in constant touch with the franchise. We are confident that it’s nothing major,” the official said.

Less than a week before the selection of India's World Cup squad, Rohit - who is the vice-captain of the India ODI side - pulled his muscle while training in the outfield at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday.

While the batsman went down writhing in pain, team physiotherapist Nitin Patel rushed to tend to him.

After being back on his feet in a while, Rohit hobbled his way back to the change room to never return to the field for the remaining session.

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