Rohit Sharma indicates he should recover from back issues before the fourth T20I

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Wed, 03/08/2022
Rohit Sharma indicates he should recover from back issues before the fourth T20I
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With a few days until the fourth game of the series, India cricket captain Rohit Sharma provided an update on the back injury he sustained in the third T20I against the West Indies. 

India trounced the hosts on Tuesday by seven wickets to take a 2-1 series lead, but Sharma was forced to leave the game injured during the chase after complaining of a back spasm. In the second over of the chase, Sharma left after scoring 11 runs.

In the second over, Sharma hammered Alzarri Joseph for a six and a four before he obviously struggled with his back. The Indian captain was given care by the physio, but he ultimately made the decision to withdraw hurt and walk off. The BCCI verified that Rohit experienced a back spasm. 

Sharma assuaged concerns that the injury was serious by saying, "My body is OK; we have a few days in between so hopefully it should be OK." 

Sharma was also pleased with how the bowlers helped India win the series despite the significant loss in the second T20I on Monday.

"How we bowled in middle-over. That was important. West Indies were about to form an immediate collaboration. We made excellent use of the condition and our changes. Then, how did we pursue? It was remarkably clinical. From the outside, it didn't seem like much risk was being taken." 

Sharma said that it was encouraging to see Suryakumar Yadav use his 30s and 40s to score the game-winning goal. Surya scored 76 in 44 balls while opening the innings with Sharma.

"If you acquire a start in this format, it is crucial that you convert it. For the team, it performs well. The 30s and 40s look fine, but if you pass 70-80 and reach 100 as well, you're actually contributing runs to the squad. Excellent collaboration with (Shreyas) Iyer. Anything may happen when you are following a target like that. The objective was challenging, and the bowlers had a challenge on the pitch. We needed to choose the correct shots from the appropriate balls "Sharma added.