Rohit Sharma ruled out of ODI and Test series against New Zealand

Batsman nursing calf injury

Rohit Sharma in action for India

Batsman Rohit Sharma will miss the remainder of India's tour of New Zealand due to injury.

Sharma sustained a calf injury during Sunday's fifth and final T20I – and won't be available for this month's three ODIs and two Tests.

He had been unbeaten on 54 at the time and eventually made 60 before retiring hurt. India still went on to win the game and wrap up a 5-0 series whitewash despite the setback. Sharma was also captaining India at the time in the absence of Virat Kohli.

The injury means the visitors will have to have a reshuffle at the top of the order for the first ODI in Hamilton on Wednesday. It could hand a chance to talented young batsman Prithvi Shaw. He was already in the squad to cover for the injured Shikhar Dhawan.

The uncapped Mayank Agarwal could come in to open and Shubman Gill may also be considered after catching the eye for India A.

Meanwhile, captain Kohli is likely to return after missing the final T20I.

Is the hectic schedule taking its toll?

The injury to Sharma is the latest to hit the India squad in recent months.

The visitors were already without opener Dhawan for the series and played without Kohli in the final T20.

Before the series with New Zealand, the captain had spoken about how the busy fixture list was a lot for his players to contend with.

He said: “Well, it's definitely getting closer and closer to landing at the stadium straight, that's how compressed the gap has become.

“But yeah, I think this kind of travel and coming to a place which is seven-and-a-half hours ahead of India time is always difficult to adjust to immediately. So I am sure these things will be taken into a consideration a lot more in the future – it is what it is, and you've got to do the best you can to recover and to get used to the timings and just get on the park again. That's international cricket for you today. It's back to back.

“T20Is sort of helps because it's less time on the park. So from that point of view, I think we've had longer games, the last three that we played against Australia, we played a few T20s before that.

“But having played a lot more than what you do in a T20 game in the last three games, I think we will find it a bit easier to come here and, even though with less time, just to be at the park and just be at our best as a team. We are looking forward to that, starting the T20s, because this is the year of the World Cup, so every T20 is important.”

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