Mumbai Indians congratulate Rohit Sharma and Ritika Sajdeh for parenthood
Rohit won't play the fourth Test against Australia in Sydney.
Updated - Dec 31, 2018 4:23 pm
2018 began on a forgettable note for Rohit Sharma. The right-handed batsman was dropped from the Test squad following his poor outing in South Africa. But as the year progressed, the year became better and better for him. He starred with the bat as India won the Nidahas Trophy under his captaincy. A couple of months later, he scored a stunning century to help India beat England in the T20I series.
Following his return from England, he led India to a record seventh Asia Cup title, starring with the bat once again. He then impressed once with the bat in the T20I series against Windies, scoring a century, and became the first man to score four centuries in the shortest format of the game. The stunning outings in the limited-overs series’ finally helped him return to the Test squad for the ongoing series in Australia. He had a forgettable outing in the first Test, scoring 37 and a duck on his comeback.
However, in the third Test, he scored an impressive fifty to help India win the Boxing Day Test and take an unassailable 2-1 lead in the series. And Rohit could not have asked for a better end to the year as he and his wife Ritika Sajdeh became proud parents of a baby girl. Ever since the news broke out on Monday, the cricketing world has been busy congratulating the India star. And his IPL side Mumbai Indians were also quick to follow suit.
The three-time IPL winners congratulated Rohit on their official Twitter handle, writing: “We’ve got a brand new addition to the MI family 👼🏻🎈Congratulations to @ritssajdeh and @ImRo45 on their baby girl 💙”
Here is Mumbai Indians’ tweet
We've got a brand new addition to the MI family 👼🏻🎈
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) December 31, 2018
Rohit to miss fourth Test:
Rohit, meanwhile, will miss the upcoming New Year Test against Australia, beginning on January 3, owing to the birth of his daughter. He will return to Australia to join the ODI squad on January 8 ahead of the three-match series that begins on January 12, the BCCI announced on Monday (December 31).
India have not named any replacement yet. Hardik Pandya is more than likely to replace Rohit in the playing eleven as India aim to win their first-ever Test series in Australia.