Rohit Sharma left Melbourne yesterday for Mumbai after India won the 3rd Test.
Thankfully, he returned home in time to celebrate the birth of his new girl alongside his wife, Ritika.
For now, He will miss the 4th and Final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday.
However, R. Sharma will return to the Indian Cricket Team on January 8.
That’s where he will prepare in the nets ahead of the 1st One-Day clash v Australia on January 12 at the same venue.
Who will replace him?
Hanuma Vihari’s experiment as an Opener didn’t work out alone.
Though, this experiment could continue for one last time since India won this Test.
Otherwise, Vihari will move back to No.6.
That will mean Murali Vijay or KL Rahul get another lifeline alongside Mayank Agarwal in the Opening slots.
It also depends if Ravi Ashwin can be 100% fit where India could play another spinner alongside Ravi Jadeja.
That way they’re able to retain their three main quicks of:
- Jasprit Bumrah
- Ishant Sharma
- Mohammed Shami
If India’s unconvinced about the spin-friendly pitch, then Hardik Pandya will get the only opportunity.
H.Pandya provides extra quick option plus the ability to bat a bit at No.6 here in Australia.
There are many options available to India as they seek to win this series for the first time in Australia.