In response to rumors that India skipper Rohit Sharma will be unable to play in the first two Test matches due to a dislocated left thumb, BCCI secretary Jay Shah provided a formal update on the player’s health. Shah echoed head coach Rahul Dravid’s words and confirmed that Rohit has flown back to Mumbai to consult a specialist and will miss the third and final ODI on Saturday but a call on his availability for the Test series starting December 14, will be taken later.

Shah said in a press release that the BCCI Medical Team evaluated him and that he underwent scans at a nearby hospital in Dhaka. He has since flown to Mumbai for specialized consultation and will miss the final ODI. A decision regarding his availability for the upcoming Test series will be made later.

Even if the BCCI chooses to remain mum about the situation, Rohit would need a miracle to become fully healthy again and rejoin the team in time for the Test series. The Indian skipper further had a cut that needed stitches on top of the dislocated finger, which typically takes at least two weeks to recover.

It is unlikely that a similar risk would be taken for the Test series given India’s busy home schedule with the series against Sri Lanka, New Zealand, and Australia in mind. However, Rohit did come out to bat with a heavily taped-up thumb to try and win the game and keep the series alive in the second ODI.

Abhimanyu Easwaran, who is presently in Bangladesh with the India A team, will be brought to the squad as a backup opener if Rohit does not recover in time to lead India in the Test series.

Senior cricketers Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami also have injury worries. Due to injury, the pair was not able to participate in the ODI series. Doors may open for a few more players from India A if they too choose not to join the team. Both the left-arm spinner Saurabh Kumar and the pacemakers Navdeep Saini and Mukesh Kumar performed well in the two unofficial Test matches.