Cricket

Injury rules Rohit Sharma out of remainder of New Zealand tour

India have suffered a big setback ahead of the ODI and Test series against New Zealand, with Rohit Sharma ruled out of the remainder of the tour because of a calf injury.

The injury occurred when Rohit, the stand-in Indian captain, was batting in the fifth and final T20I in Mount Maunganui on Sunday. He opted to continue batting after being briefly treated on the field but was forced to retire hurt later, while batting on 60. The India limited-overs vice-captain is one of the primary openers across formats, and the selectors are likely to look for his replacement(s) in the India A contingent, where the likes of Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill are on a shadow tour with the side in New Zealand.

The three-match ODI series against New Zealand starts on Wednesday in Hamilton followed by matches in Auckland and Mount Maunganui. The final leg of the Indian tour, comprising two Tests, will commence on February 21 in Wellington and then in Christchurch on February 29th.

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