‘Iska overseas test ka natak shuru’ – Fans frustrated as reports of Rohit Sharma hurting his left thumb during net session surface ahead of WTC Final

By Daniel S

June 6, 2023

Before Tuesday’s first day of the second ICC World Test Championship final versus Australia at the Kennington Oval, India skipper Rohit Sharma received a blow on the thumb. Images revealed that during the optional net session, the 36-year-old sustained a blow to his left thumb. Rohit reportedly chose against continuing his session out of an abundance of caution. In preparation for his seventh Test in England, Rohit, who made his Test debut in 2013, is getting ready.

India has played six home Test matches under Rohit since he took over for Virat Kohli. Due to COVID-19, Rohit missed India’s fifth Test match against England, which was rescheduled for mid-2022. Rohit later injured his thumb while on India’s tour of Bangladesh.

Rohit will play in his 50th Test for India if he begins the championship match against Australia. Rohit scored his first Test hundred outside of the subcontinent in India’s final game there, a 127 against England in 2021, as India earned its first Test victory there in fifty years.

‘The weather keeps changing a lot’ – Rohit Sharma on English conditions

Rohit talked extensively about the difficulties of playing Test Cricket in England. He said, “As a batter, you know, one thing I realised batting last year, I think a year before that, was that you’re never in,” he said. “The weather keeps changing a lot, so you’ve got to keep concentrating for longer periods of time. And that is the challenge of this format. You will get that intuition when it is your time to take the bowlers on. And that is when you should be ready for it. And, more importantly, you need to be there.”

Although it’s never an easy task there, England has had the lowest batting average for openers in this World Test Championship cycle.  In the 11 matches in England, openers only scored an average of 28.06 runs, and neither of the top two batters reached two hundreds. In case you were wondering, both of those scores were achieved by Indians: Rohit himself scored 127 at The Oval and KL Rahul scored 129 at Lord’s, where he will line up once more in a few days for the championship.

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