India in England 2014 August 29, 2014

Injured Rohit to miss rest of England series

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A finger injury has sidelined India opener Rohit Sharma from the rest of the England series. M Vijay, who flew back home after the Tests, has been called up as his replacement.

"Rohit Sharma has sustained a fracture on the middle finger of his right hand, and has been ruled out of the ongoing ODI and T20 International Series against England, as a result," a BCCI press release said. "The All-India Senior Selection Committee has picked Murali Vijay as his replacement."

The specialist batsmen already with the limited-overs squad in England who could replace Rohit in the XI for the third ODI on Saturday are Ambati Rayudu and the 19-year-old Sanju Samson. India could consider using Ajinkya Rahane as an opener, and slotting either Rayudu or Samson in the middle order.

Rohit was promoted to the top order in January 2013, and has had some success in the role, averaging 46.34, contributing to India's Champions Trophy success last year and becoming the third batsman to make an ODI double century.

While Rohit has struggled to nail down a permanent place in the Test side, his replacement Vijay has managed to do so, but has struggled to establish himself in the limited-overs outfit. Vijay was picked for a tri-series in the Caribbean in July 2013, ending a two-and-a-half-year absence from the ODI side, but he didn't do enough to warrant a longer run.

Rohit's previous visit to England in 2011 was also cut short when he was struck by a Stuart Broad bouncer and injured his right index finger.

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  • Krunal on September 1, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    Dont know why there is a blame on rohit , he is a good oneday player no doubt about that. As soon as he was promoted to Onedays he is averaging 46.34 which is a very good average for an opener. Only thing which he needs to prove is the record overseas....... Get well soon ROHIT

  • Next on August 31, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    Bring back Sehwag & Yuvi!

  • raj on August 31, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    I really miss SRT in the ODI openers slot - He was so different! Once he got his first boundary away, he would get on a roll and the momentum would swing quickly in India's favour. Sehwag too but Sehwag was not as consistent in ODI's. The current bunch do not build momentum quickly and get out at odd times 20's and 30's all too often. Bring back SRT for the WC, I say - If for no other game but Pakistan. India has 5/5 wins vs Pak in WC and SRT was MoM in all of them - AMAZING!! Enough said.

  • Android on August 30, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    He is a good opener for ODI s those who say he is slow should see that we had lost dhawan and kohli very early and we needed him to stabilise .Raina and dhoni are more than capable finishers with jadeja adding a bit more batting so it's ok of Rohit is slow this is not T 20 s .I think Dhawan will be out and Rahane might be made Rohits opening partner .For those asking for youngsters/Viru Gauti must understand that it is highly unlikely that Ind might give chance to a youngster to open with WC so near .Rohit/Rahane/Dhawan( unlikely ) will be the openers for WC mostly .Both viru and gauti are past their primes .They were a great opening pair no doubt but unfortunately their tine is up. You could see gambhir batting in tests. So are the careers of Yuvi Bhajji and Zaheer unfortunately .These five senior players in their prime were a big reason why India became a fierce cricketing nation in the 2000s and their replacements have not really impressed especially abroad .

  • Dummy4 on August 30, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    I don't understand why people are behind Rohit, Indian people are like it or not he is an excellent batsman and in current Indian team he is the best the batsman technically compare to Kohli/Rahane. Kohli has good in aggression but Rahane cannot accelerate in chases. Rohit and Kohli are future for India, these two can match like Tendu/ Ganguly and Dhoni/Yuvaraj. Please don't bring his past, if we had lost one more wicket in 2nd One day below 50 runs. We would have ended up with England score(160). I wish Rohit speedy recovery and entertain cricket fans around the world.

  • Android on August 30, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    might be a blessing in disguise for rahane to launch his odi career to greater heights

  • k on August 30, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    good now we will have good run rate and there will be no pressure in lower order batsmen as well.

  • Yogarajan on August 30, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    I don't really understand Why people ask for sehwag, BCCI has closed sehwag's door like ECB closed KP's... They will anymore look for youngsters atleast who could Bat for another min 4-5 Years in the opening Department. And for those people who are telling Vijay is suited only for tests.. They should not forget that he is the only Indian Batsmen in the current squad to have 2 IPL centuries... ofcourse He didn't have a good start to his ODI career that doesn't means he is not suitable.... Rohit had the similar outing when he was picked for the Indian side... Lets see if Vijay gets a chance in the last two matches and If he gets we can then decide..

  • Dummy4 on August 30, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    What rubbish why not Vijay he has the experience and form he's no different to anyone in the team

  • Android on August 30, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    Vohra should have been given a chance instead, Uthappa flopped in Australia, but deserves one more last chance !!!

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