Timeline of Rohit Sharma’s injuries since 2020

Team India captain Rohit Sharma left the field injured in the third T20I of the five-game series against West Indies on Tuesday (2 August). He struck out at 11 during India’s chase of 165 in St Kitts. He hit a six and a four before feeling uncomfortable and finally deciding to leave the field.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shared an update on the skipper, tweeting:

“Team India captain Rohit Sharma has a back spasm. The BCCI medical team is monitoring his progress.”

Despite losing their skipper to injury early in the chase, the Men in Blue clinched a seven-wicket victory thanks to Suryakumar Yadav’s brilliant 76-run knock-off using just 44 balls.

At a awards ceremony after the game, the Indian captain was asked about the status of his injury. He answered:

“It’s fine at the moment. We still have a few days until the next game, hopefully it should be fine.”

The star-batter has had his fair share of fitness woes in recent years. We list the injuries Rohit has sustained since early 2020.

February 2020: calf injury

The Indian opener during the T20I series in New Zealand. Image: Getty Images
The Indian opener during the T20I series in New Zealand. Image: Getty Images

Rohit was ruled out of the ODI and Test series against the Kiwis during their tour of New Zealand in early 2020 with a calf injury. The cricketer injured himself batting in the fifth and final T20I of the series at Mount Maunganui.

He was at 54 when he was treated on the field by the team’s physical therapist. The right-hander kept hitting, even hitting a six ahead of New Zealand spinner Ish Sodhi. However, he could not continue much longer and had to retire injured at 60.

The injury came at a time when Rohit was in great form with the pasture. He hit 140 runs in four matches during the T20I series with a 46.66-93 average and a 150.53 batting average with a best of 65.

October 2020: thigh injury

The hitman batting during the Sydney Test in January 2021. Image: Getty Images
The hitman batting during the Sydney Test in January 2021. Image: Getty Images

There was an unexpected lull for Indian cricketers after the New Zealand tour as COVID-19 wreaked havoc around the world. The Indian Premier League (IPL) also had to be postponed. Not much had changed for Rohit in terms of his injury woes, even when cricket resumed many months later.

Rohit missed a few IPL 2020 games for the Mumbai Indians (MI) franchise after suffering a hamstring injury. Due to fitness concerns, he was not named in any of the squads selected for the October 2020 tour of Australia. India should play three ODIs, three T20Is and four Tests Down Under.

He returned to lead MI in knockouts and even had the best shot of 68 in 51 balls in the final against the Delhi Capitals (DC). Mumbai went on to lift his fifth IPL crown, but some fans and critics wondered if he would make it to the Australian Tests.

After much confusion over his fitness, Rohit was finally given the green light to compete in the final two tests of the Tour of Australia. He did a decent job registering points of 26, 52, 44 and seven.

December 2021: thigh injury

The Indian captain in action during the Tour of England. Image: Getty Images
The Indian captain in action during the Tour of England. Image: Getty Images

Following Due to his impressive performance in the England Test series during the 2021 tour, the hitman had high hopes ahead of the 2021-22 tour of South Africa. Rohit opened the innings in overseas Tests for the first time and finished as India’s top run-getter in England, hitting 368 runs in four games with a 52.57 average.

Unfortunately for the Indian batsman, he was ruled out of the South Africa Test tour after suffering a left thigh injury during a net session in Mumbai. Priyank Panchal replaced him in the Test squad.

Rohit was previously named the captain of the ODI series to be played after the Test series was completed. However, he failed to recover in time and also missed the one-day, three-game streak. KL Rahul led the team in his absence as India were glossed over 3-0.

Other reasons Rohit missed India games

New Zealand’s India Test Tour (2 Tests in Nov-Dec 2021) – Rested

South Africa Tour of India (*5 T20Is in June 2022) – Rested

Postponed test in England (July 2022) – ruled out due to COVID-19

India’s West Indies One-Dayers Series (3 ODIs in July 2022) – Rested

(*The fifth T20I of the India-South Africa series has been canceled due to rain.)


India’s Tour of Zimbabwe (3 ODIs in August 2022) – Rested

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