Rohit Sharma Rested For End Of Tri-Series

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma is unlikely to feature in the remainder of the tri-series
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The Indian Team management has decided to rest Rohit Sharma for the remainder of the ongoing One-Day International tri-series, not wanting to take a risk with their in-form opening batsman.

The game against England is a virtual semi-final for India.

Despite the importance of the game, the team management will not take the risk of playing Sharma, keeping the ICC World Cup in their sights.

Sharma, who made a spectacular start to the series with a splendid 138 in the first game, suffered from a hamstring injury missing out the next two games.

"Chances of Rohit playing in the tri-series even if India reaches final is next to nil," said a source to reporters in Australia.

"He is recovering but the Indian team management does not want to risk a key player with the World Cup starting in less than three weeks."

With Shikhar Dhawan woefully out of form managing just 11 runs in three games, Sharma will be crucial for India if they have to defend their title.

"The physio said after having a look at the MRI reports that Rohit needed a week's rest and after that could start training," said the source.

The source informed that Rohit will be playing the World Cup warm-up games to prove his fitness.

"The February 8 and 10 warm-up games against Australia and Afghanistan will serve as Rohit's match-fitness test."

India begin their World Cup campaign against their arch-rivals Pakistan on 15th February at the Adelaide Oval.

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