Rohit Sharma leaves India’s net session after being slapped on the thumb before WTC final vs. Australia 2023

Captain Rohit Sharma was smacked on his thumb during the net practice a day before the World Test Championship final against Australia at The Oval. He exited the net session immediately as a precaution.

Rohit was struck on the left thumb while taking throwdowns during the Indian team’s optional net practice at Kennington Oval on Tuesday.

The 36-year-old attended the pre-match news conference despite withdrawing from training with a slight ailment.

After Virat Kohli resigned in January 2022, Rohit was appointed Test captain by the selectors. The WTC final would be his greatest test. Rohit has captained India in six home matches.

India skipper Rohit Sharma was smacked on his thumb during the net session.

He missed the rescheduled Test in England last year due to COVID-19 and the Test series in Bangladesh due to a thumb injury.

Rohit will make his sixth England match if he starts on Tuesday, despite making his format debut in 2013.

But England will bring up great memories of the 2021 trip, when he made a tremendous impact as a Test opener and struck a beautiful 127 at The Oval, his lone hundred outside the subcontinent.

Rohit will also be seeking his first ICC trophy as captain following India’s semi-final loss in the 2022 T20 World Cup.

“Test cricket is the ultimate format, most challenging format and it will mean everything for us to win it,” Rohit stated in the pre-match news conference. “I want to take this Indian team forward and win 1-2 ICC titles.”

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