Rohit Sharma is rested for the upcoming tour of India to the Caribbean and skipper Virat Kohli threw his weight behind BCCI's decision suggesting that the opener needs to maintain his fitness after his massive hip surgery. India will play five ODIs and One T20 against West Indies in the series.
"Rohit has come back and really had a full IPL season, which has been hectic," Kohli said after India won the semi-final against Bangladesh on Thursday. "They [Mumbai Indians] reached the final, so he got lesser rest than anyone else. Plus he had a massive hip surgery, so muscles around that area are always vulnerable, and today also he felt a bit of stiffness in his right knee.
"There is no doubt about Rohit's ability and what he brings to the team. We need to protect him going further, because
The Indian opener suffered an injury to the hip during India's home ODI series against New Zealand in October last year, following which he missed consecutive series at the home turf against England, Bangladesh and Australia. He made his comeback in the IPL earlier this year and led his side to their third IPL title to later join the Indian team in the ongoing Champions Trophy tournament.
Rohit smashed 123 runs against Bangladesh that helped India register a place in the final of the tournament and also made him the second highest run-getter in the competition with 304 runs behind compatriot Shikhar Dhawan.
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