Rohit Sharma declared fit for 1st T20I vs Bangladesh

Rohit Sharma & Shikhar Dhawan

India stand-in captain Rohit Sharma, who was hit on his left abdomen during a net session on Friday, has been declared “fit and available” for the first T20I against Bangladesh on Sunday.

“Rohit Sharma was hit on the left side of his abdomen while batting in the nets today. The BCCI medical team has confirmed that he is fit and available for the first T20 after assessment of his injury,” the BCCI media manager issued a statement on behalf of the team.

Rohit, who will lead India in the three-match series in Virat Kohli’s absence, received the blow early into the net session while taking throwdowns. He was hit on the inside of his left thigh by a sharp delivery. He immediately left the nets in some discomfort.

Rohit Sharma is set to play his 100th T20I in the upcoming series, which is a mark no Indian has reached yet. Rohit is tied with MS Dhoni at 98 T20I caps at the moment. India and Bangladesh will play three T20s in the upcoming series.

Shahid Afridi (99 T20Is) and Shoaib Malik (111 T20Is) are the only players who have more T20I caps.

Rohit Sharma is also in line to become the first batsman to reach 2500 T20I runs in the upcoming series. He is currently in a race with Virat Kohli for the tag of the highest run-scorer in T20I cricket, with Rohit on 2443 runs and Kohli on 2450 runs.