Rohit Sharma: ‘Surgery could lead to three-month layoff’

A BCCI release said: "He will travel to London early next week for specialist consultation with a possibility to undergo surgery. The BCCI medical team will extend all support to Rohit Sharma, to regain full fitness and further contribute to Indian cricket."

Sharma injured his thigh during the fifth ODI against New Zealand at Visakhapatnam.   -  AP

Ruled out of the Test series against England, Indian batsman Rohit Sharma on Friday said he could be out for as long as three months if the doctors decide to operate on his injured thigh.

“I don’t know (how much time I will miss cricket) our BCCI medical team is in touch with doctors, the scans we have got till now have been sent to doctors, we are waiting for their opinion, whether to do surgery or not, if we do the surgery then how much time is needed,” Rohit told reporters after the launch of Adidas Home Court store in suburban Bandra.

“The picture is fully not clear. I think in one or two days the picture will be more clear, whether it (surgery) is happening or not. It is an important decision if we do surgery. If I do the surgery, I cannot play for three to three and a half months. We are waiting for the doctors’ opinion, let’s see what happens,” the Mumbai player added.

A BCCI release said: "He will travel to London early next week for specialist consultation with a possibility to undergo surgery. The BCCI medical team will extend all support to Rohit Sharma, to regain full fitness and further contribute to Indian cricket."

Asked about the nature of his injury, Rohit said, “Like you saw, while taking a run the muscle pulled up then I understood that I won’t make it to the crease, so I dived, after that our physio told me that it was necessary to take a scan.

“The next two days was Diwali so all hospitals were closed, so we took the scan on (November) first and after that all the medical reports were given to BCCI medical team,” he added.

Rohit, who played against New Zealand in the Test series, sustained a thigh injury on the right leg during the fifth and final ODI at Visakhapatnam on October 29.

Asked about the inclusion of all-rounder Hardik Pandya in the Test squad, Rohit, who has captained him in Mumbai Indians, said, “We are all waiting. I hope he gets his maiden Test cap, it will be good news for his fans, family and friends. He has got real talent, he bowls fast and he has got a good ability to come down the order and bat. He has done it for the state team. So I don’t see any reason why he can’t do it for his national team also.

“We have seen glimpses in World T2O and also in the ODI series (against New Zealand). It’s just that one push he needs from management and players. He has got all the weapons with him for the fight. I have seen him from close quarters. He recently had a successful tour of Australia with India A team and he did well. If he gets an opportunity he will do well,” Rohit added.

On the upcoming five-match Test rubber against England which commences on November 9 in Rajkot, Rohit said, “They are a very good Test team. When they were here last time they had beaten us. We have got to do a lot of hard work. We understand their strengths and weaknesses; we have to exploit them to our advantage.”