Skipper Rohit Sharma resumed training on Tuesday after sustaining a blow to his right forearm. The Indian team somehow managed to survive a major injury scare before T20 Globalism Cup semi-final against England. Rohit may not have been at his best in the tournament but he is still one of the key players in the tournament India If they had to outdo the high-quality English side.
In the practice session before the semi-finals, Rohit hit the net and was facing throwing expert S Raghu and a short ball jumped from the length area and hit his right forearm.
Several videos of the incident went viral on social media where it was apparent that Rohit was in pain. He took a rest, put an ice pack on his injured arm, and resumed training.
A source in the team confirmed that the injury is not serious and that Rohit may not need any CT scans or X-rays.
“He didn’t feel uncomfortable when he hit the second time. There might not be a need for a CT scan or an X-ray. Also we have one day in the middle which is also an optional session. It doesn’t look serious yet,” a source familiar with the development told PTI.
Rohit looked desolate and very sore as he watched the training session from a distance, sitting on an ice chest after getting hit. India captain had a chat with mental conditioning coach Paddy Upton during the break
The arrogant opener resumed his training after some time, but the throwing experts were told not to go full throttle as he mostly played defensive shots to check if his movements were OK.
The 34-year-old is probably one of the best short-draw players, but he hasn’t been able to time his shots well enough in the ongoing T20 World Cup. He’s caught between being a temp and going to the big shots or attacking right from the start of the turns. It’s the shot that earned him a good number of rounds but in Australian conditions, he wasn’t able to push the boundaries easily.
Out of playing drag ball against Zimbabwe and South Africa while against Bangladesh, Rohit was dropped at depth trying to play a horizontal bat.
During training, maximum time is allotted to a shot, whether it is played behind the box or in front of it.
Even during Tuesday’s second practice session after his injury, Rohit played a few shots with Raghu that made her fall back in length.
Batting player Sunil Javaskar also advised Rohit to focus on the player before taking his favorite shot.
In T20 format with only one player in the first six overs, he must be familiar with the player and play the draw shot. It’s a productive shot for him, let’s not forget that,” said Gavaskar of India Today.
India will play England in the second semi-final here on Thursday while Pakistan and New Zealand will meet in the first semi-final on Wednesday in Sydney.
(with PTI input)