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‘Father’ Rohit flies home

MOHALI, PUNJAB, 13/12/2017: Indian captain Rohit Sharma, who was adjudged 'Man of the Match', being greeted by his wife Ritika Sajdeh, after the presentation ceremony of the second One Day International (ODI) cricket match between India and Sri Lanka at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on December 13, 2017.

MOHALI, PUNJAB, 13/12/2017: Indian captain Rohit Sharma, who was adjudged 'Man of the Match', being greeted by his wife Ritika Sajdeh, after the presentation ceremony of the second One Day International (ODI) cricket match between India and Sri Lanka at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on December 13, 2017.   | Photo Credit: AKHILESH KUMAR

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The batsman will re-join the squad on January 8; no replacement named

Rohit Sharma has left for home after the third Test to attend to his wife who has given birth to a baby girl.

The middle-order batsman, who notched up a half-century in the Indian first innings in the Boxing Day Test, will not play the fourth Test in Sydney, beginning January 3, a BCCI release said. 

India has not named a replacement. Rohit will join the Indian ODI squad ahead of its series here starting on Jan. 12.

“India batsman Rohit Sharma left for Mumbai on the 30th of December to attend to his wife who has delivered a baby girl. The BCCI congratulates Rohit on the beginning of a new chapter in his life,” the BCCI said in a statement.

“Rohit will miss the fourth and the final Test against Australia at Sydney. There will be no replacement player in the Test squad.

“He will join the ODI squad on the 8th of January 2019, when the team begins their preparation for the ODI series starting 12th January,” it added.

(With PTI inputs)

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