Rohit Sharma ruled out of New Zealand ODI and Test series

Rohit Sharma hurt his calf while running between the wickets and hobbled off the field in the 17th over. He didn't take the field in the second innings.

Rohit Sharma, who injured his calf during the fifth and final T20I against New Zealand.   -  AP

India’s limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma was on Monday ruled out of the upcoming ODI and Test series against New Zealand after sustaining a calf injury in the fifth T20 International on Sunday.

Batting first against New Zealand in the fifth and final T20I, Sharma brought up his fifty off 35 balls. Just when he was threatening to cut loose, he hurt his calf while running between the wickets and hobbled off the field in the 17th over. Sharma didn't take the field in the second innings. “He is out of the tour,” a top BCCI source told PTI.

At the post-match presentation on Sunday, KL Rahul had said: “Rohit’s alright, unfortunate injury, hopefully, he should be fine in a couple of days”.

India’s dominant display against New Zealand saw it complete a historic 5-0 whitewash, leading to a huge jump for Indian players in the T20I rankings. Three Indian batsmen broke into top 10 with Sharma moving to the 10th spot after another impressive outing.

Likely replacement

Mayank Agarwal is likely to be the reserve opener in the ODI format. Shubman Gill, meanwhile, is likely to make the cut for the New Zealand Tess. Gill has been in scintillating form, having amassed an unbeaten 204 for the India A team in the drawn four-day game against New Zealand A in Christchurch on Friday.

The old selection committee under MSK Prasad will be announcing the replacement but it might take some time as convenor of the selection committee, secretary Jay Shah, is on his way to New Zealand along with treasurer Arun Dhumal.

“Once the secretary’s approval comes, the replacement will be announced,” the source added.

India will next play three ODIs against New Zealand beginning on February 5.

(With inputs from PTI)

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