Rohit Sharma retires hurt with back spasm; BCCI ‘monitoring his progress’


India captain Rohit Sharma fell to 11 after a back cramp in their chase of 165 in the third T20I against the West Indies at Basseterre. According to an update from the BCCI, their medical team is “monitoring his progress”.

Rohit felt some discomfort after going over to fast bowler Alzarri Joseph in the second and dragging a four through a bottom edge to the fine-leg boundary. After a short discussion on the field with physio Kamlesh Jain, he left the field with his back to his throat.

Rohit hoped to be ready for the fourth T20I, which will be played in Lauderhill on Saturday. On Sunday, the fifth – and final – T20I will also be held at the same location.

“It [my body] is okay at the moment,” said Rohit after India took a 2-1 lead. “We have a few days in between [now and] next game, so hopefully [I] should be okay.”

India was already exhausted by the absence of all-rounder Harshal Patel, who was sidelined from the second and third T20Is in Basseterre with a rib injury. On Tuesday, the visitors also rested Ravindra Jadeja, who had just recovered from a knee injury, and handed over a match to Deepak Hooda.

Rohit was also equipped for the ODI portion of the West Indies tour. Before that, he had missed the rescheduled fifth Test against England in Edgbaston in July after testing positive for Covid-19 during the four-day warm-up match against Leicestershire.

This story has been updated with Rohit Sharma’s quotes after India won the third T20I against the West Indies.