Virat Kohli supports BCCI's decision to rest Rohit Sharma for West Indies tour

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Virat Kohli supports BCCI's decision to rest Rohit Sharma for West Indies tour

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SportsCafe Desk

06/16/2017

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.

The Indian team lineup for the tour of West Indies was announced yesterday and it was devoid of the in-form opener Rohit Sharma who was replaced with youngster Rishabh Pant.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli upheld BCCI's decision for resting the Mumbai batsman stating it was important for them to monitor his fitness after he went through a complicated hip surgery.

"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 latter half of the year we have massive tours coming up, and his batting contribution will be a huge factor for us. So we want him to be careful because after a massive surgery you do need to be careful. If you push yourself a little too hard then it snaps again, you're out for seven, eight months. It is a conscious decision by everyone to give him a break. He is making the most of the form he is in right now. And I'm sure he also knows and understands the whole situation." the 28-year old concluded.

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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