ICC Champions Trophy: Rohit Sharma to miss warm-up against New Zealand

first_imgAfter Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma will also miss India’s first warm-up game at the ICC Champions Trophy, against New Zealand at the Oval today.While Yuvraj is suffering from a viral fever and has “no major health concerns”, Rohit will join the team in England today. He was allowed by the BCCI to attend a family wedding on Saturday, according to a report in ESPNCricinfo.However, both players are expected to play the second warm-up, against Bangladesh on Tuesday before the team takes on arch-rivals Pakistan at Edgbaston on June 4.Rohit is expected to bat at the top of the order with Shikhar Dhawan despite not opening the innings for Mumbai Indians during the entire Indian Premier League.While it’s a different format, Rohit will certainly need to make some mental adjustments of facing the new ball first-up.He had played a couple of Vijay Hazare Trophy matches for Mumbai after recuperating from a hamstring surgery but that was also more than two and half months back.Rohit, who batted at No. 4 throughout the IPL season 10, had earlier insisted that he would be having no issues when he would open the batting for India in the Champions Trophy, beginning June 1 in England and Wales.Rohit was out of action since October 2016 after suffering a thigh injury which required surgery.The 30-year-old has so far represented India in 21 Tests, 153 ODIs and 62 T20Is in which he has scored 1184, 5131 and 1364 runs respectively.He is also the only batsman to have scored two double hundreds and a 250 in ODIs. His on field records keep everyone stunned, be it his stunning 209 in an ODI against Australia at Bangalore where he scored 209 runs or his record knock of 264 in an ODI against Sri Lanka at Kolkata.advertisementlast_img read more