India batsman Rohit Sharma will travel to London next week for treatment on his thigh injury, which has ruled him out of cricket for at least 10 to 12 weeks. This means he is almost certain to miss the limited-overs leg of the England tour, and also puts him in doubt for the one-off Test against Bangladesh, which will be played early in February. It is possible he might have to undergo surgery.
Rohit suffered the injury while batting in the last ODI of the five-match series against New Zealand in Visakhapatnam. He was on 46 when he hurt his quadriceps while diving into the crease to avoid being run-out. This happened in the 17th over and Rohit continued batting for five more without a runner because international cricket does not allow for such anymore. His 70 off 65 balls on a slow pitch was crucial to India winning the series 3-2.
"He will travel to London early next week for specialist consultation with a possibility to undergo surgery, as a result of which, he is expected to miss at least 10 to 12 weeks of cricket," a BCCI press release said. "The BCCI medical team will extend all support to Rohit Sharma, to regain full fitness and further contribute to Indian cricket."
There can be no good timing for an injury, but this one is particularly unfortunate because Rohit had just begun to cement himself in the Indian Test XI. In the series against New Zealand, he rescued India in the second innings in Kolkata. He was one of the only two batsmen to score at least one half-century in each of the three Tests, and was the fourth-highest run-getter overall.