Rohit Sharma ousted from New Zealand tour owing to injury: Report

Rohit Sharma was retired hurt after he felt discomfort in his left leg in the 17th over during the fifth T20I against New Zealand

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If reports are to be believed, Raohit Sharma has been ruled out of the India tour of New Zealand,  which consists of the three-match ODI series and a two-match Test series against the Kiwis. The Indian ODI vice-captain on February 2, sustained a calf injury in the first innings of the fifth T20I at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui.

“He is out of the tour,” a top BCCI source anonymously told PTI.

Prior to suffering from the injury, Sharma registered his 25th fifty-plus score in T20I and surpassed Virat Kohli to get most number of fifties in T20Is to his name. The 32-year-old was retired hurt after he felt discomfort in his left leg in the 17th over. Meanwhile, just before he headed back to pavillion, Sharma hit a maximum off Ish Sodhi’s delivery.

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When he realised he couldn't run on the next delivery, he decided to get off the field. Rohit scored 60 runs from 41 deliveries including three fours and three sixes.

With Shikhar Dhawan out of the side already, Mayank Agarwal or Shubman Gill is likely to replace him in the ODI squad whereas Prithvi Shaw may make a comeback in the Test squad. However, it is likely that Sharma's spot will be filled by Agarwal, whose talent yet remains untapped. 

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