Team India captain Rohit Sharma shared an injury update he suffered during the third T20I against West Indies on Tuesday, August 3 at Warner Park in St Kitts. Rohit suffered a back spasm while batting in the third T20I and couldn’t continue with his batting. India did well to cope with his absence, though, as they chased down 165 in 19 overs. They now lead the five-match series 2-1.
The 35-year-old cricketer looked in good touch during India’s run chase, scoring 11 runs in five balls. However, he suffered a back injury while playing an awkward-looking shot on the leg-side off Alzarri Joseph.
After a close chat with the physio for a couple of minutes, Rohit decided to retire hurt and walk off the ground. The BCCI later confirmed that the Indian captain has suffered a back spasm.
🚨 UPDATE: #TeamIndia captain Rohit Sharma has a back spasm.
The BCCI medical team is monitoring his progress.#WIvIND
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 2, 2022
The Mumbai-born cricketer is hopeful that he will be available for selection for the next game on August 6. Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, Rohit said, “It’s okay at the moment. We’ve got a few days till the next game, hopefully it should be okay (his injury).”
Rohit Sharma has a long history with back injuries, which has troubled him a lot in the past. India will hope that the injury is not too serious, given that the ICC T20 World Cup is lined up in a few months’ time in Australia.
India go 2-1 up in five-match series against West Indies
Asked to bat first, Brandon King and Kyle Mayers gave West Indies a blistering start. They scored 45 runs in the powerplay and looked threatening to take the game away from India. However, the visitors slowly crawled back in the game, with ace all-rounder Hardik Pandya providing the first breakthrough.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar also chipped in with a couple of economical overs. However, Shimron Hetmyer and Rovman Powell targeted Avesh Khan, who conceded 47 in his three overs, to propel West Indies to 164.
In response, Suryakumar Yadav scored 76 off 44 balls. Shreyas Iyer (24) and Rishabh Pant (33*) made telling contributions to take the team home.