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IPL 2019: Rohit Sharma likely to return in Rajasthan Royals match

He missed a game for MI after 133 matches.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. (Photo Source: IANS)

On Tuesday, during a practice session, Rohit Sharma, the Mumbai Indians (MI) captain in the Indian Premier League (IPL) held his thigh and fell on the ground in a lot of discomfort. Subsequently, Sharma was treated by physiotherapist Nitin Patel after which he gingerly walked off to the dressing room. The same sparked speculations that the 31-year-old got injured.

The opening batsman also didn’t play the match against the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. While Siddhesh Lad replaced him in the playing eleven, Kieron Pollard stepped in as the stand-in-skipper. In the meantime, it has been learned that Rohit is in pretty good shape.

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Good news for Rohit and Mumbai Indians  

Rohit’s injury wasn’t serious by any means and he is also likely to return in MI’s next encounter against the Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Mumbai on Saturday, April 13.

“Rohit had suffered right leg muscle spasm during training. He has recovered significantly in the past 24 hours. As a precautionary measure, the Mumbai Indians management has decided to rest him for one match,” the Mumbai management was quoted as saying in a media release.

Earlier, the right-handed Pollard, who was last night’s Player of the Match for his blistering knock of 83 runs from 31 balls to help his team win by three wickets off the last delivery, said that resting the experienced Rohit was nothing but a precautionary measure.

After getting sidelined yesterday, the Nagpur-born Rohit missed out a match for Mumbai after as many as 133 encounters. Therefore, the top-order batsman couldn’t break Suresh Raina’s record of 134 consecutive games for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), captained by MS Dhoni.

As far as the game against KXIP is concerned, Lad, Rohit’s replacement, looked promising after hitting a six and a four in his first two balls, but couldn’t carry on. Pollard, on the other hand, promoted himself up the order and played the match-winning knock from a situation of crisis.

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