Rohit Sharma retired hurt after scoring 60 off 41 balls after he pulled his calf muscle while going for a quick single during the match in Mount Maunganui. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
India's limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma was on Monday ruled out of the upcoming ODI and Test series against New Zealand after sustaining a calf injury in the fifth T20 International on Sunday. Rohit retired hurt after scoring 60 off 41 balls after he pulled his calf muscle while going for a quick single during the match in Mount Maunganui. "He is out of the tour," a top BCCI source told PTI on conditions on anonymity. India are set to play three ODIs, starting Wednesday, and two Tests after that.
On Sunday, India registered a rare 5-0 whitewash against New Zealand after notching up a seven-run win in the fifth and final T20 International at Bay Oval. Electing to bat, India posted 163 for three, riding on Rohit Sharma's 60 off 41 balls and a 33-ball 45 from KL Rahul. The visitors then restricted the hosts to 156 for nine with Jasprit Bumrah claiming three wickets for 12 runs.
Chasing the target, the Black Caps were tottering at 17 for three in 3.2 overs. Tim Seifert (50) and Ross Taylor (53) then added 99 runs for the fourth wicket as New Zealand recovered to 116.
Seifert clobbered a 30-ball 50 studded with five fours and three sixes, while Ross Taylor hit two sixes and five fours in his 47-ball 53-run innings. However, once Seifert was dismissed in the 13th over, the hosts suffered a collapse, losing five wickets, including Taylor, for 25 runs to loss the plot in the end.
Head coach Ravi Shastri led the cricket fraternity in congratulating India after their 5-0 whitewash of New Zealand here on Sunday. "Incredible last three games. Well done #TeamIndia 5-0 #NZvIND (sic.)," wrote Shastri on his twitter handle.
All-rounder Hardik Pandya, who was on Saturday ruled out of New Zealand Test series after failing to regain full fitness, also took to social media to congratulate the team.
"Team India! Well done to everyone," wrote Pandya, who is recovering from a spinal injury. Former cricketers Virender Sehwag, Irfan Pathan and Mohammad Kaif also congratulated the team for the achievement.
"Whether 2 required of 4 balls, 18 required of 3 overs or 57 needed of 9 overs, all with plenty of wickets in hand for New Zealand in the last 3 T20s, #TeamIndia just being simply brilliant in not giving up. A well-deserved Whitewash, great spirit #NZvIND," said Sehwag.
Pathan said this victory will be remembered in the years to come. "White wash by team India here in New Zealand in the t20. This will be remembered for a long long time. Big plus for me how fast bowlers have bowled under pressure apart from Bumrah (sic.)," wrote Pathan on his handle.
BCCI secretary Jay Shah also praised the team. "Congrats #TeamIndia for a thrilling series victory with an impregnable win by 5-0. (sic.)," he wrote.