In what appears like a major injury scare to Team India, a week before the World Cup team is to be announced, limited-overs vice-captain and star opener Rohit Sharma was seen limping off the field holding his right thigh while running during a Mumbai Indians training session at Wankhede stadium on Tuesday.
After lumbering a few steps following what appeared like a muscle pull, Rohit lay flat on the ground holding his head in pain. Mumbai Indians physio Nitin Patel, who has also served as the physio of the Indian team in the past, rushed to attend the hurting batting star.
The only bright side to the injury episode was Rohit did gigerly climb his way back to the dressing room on his own after receiving some treatment at the ground.
Mumbai Indians are slated to face off against Kings X1 Punjab on Wednesday and an official update on the seriousness of their captain’s injury is still awaited.
This is the second injury scare to an Indian World Cup prospect during IPL 2019 after leading speedster Jasprit Bumrah, also from Mumbai Indians, had hurt his left arm during the franchise’s first IPL game of the season.
At the time, the franchise physio had brought the injury to the attention of Team India physio Patrick Farhart and the duo collectively managed Bumrah’s injury treatment. Fortunately, Bumrah recovered in time and did not have to miss any IPL match.
The same protocol is expected to be followed in Rohit’s case with physios from all the franchises told to bring forward any injury suffered by any of the Indian World-Cup prospects to the knowledge of Indian fitness support staff.
Workload management continues to be the buzz word with only two and half weeks seperating the IPL and the World Cup, slated to start in England on 30th of May.