India lose Rohit Sharma to injury

  • Last Updated: August 29 2014, 16:27 BST

India batsman Rohit Sharma has been ruled out of the rest of the one-day series after suffering a broken finger during the second match on Wednesday.

Rohit Sharma: Ruled out of the remainder of his country's tour of England
Rohit Sharma: Ruled out of the remainder of his country's tour of England

Sharma fractured the middle finger of his right hand whilst fielding in Cardiff and will be replaced by Murali Vijay in the touring squad.

Rohit had played an important role in India’s 133-run win in the second ODI, scoring 52 runs off 87 balls.

He was also one of the better players in the tourists’ 3-1 Test series defeat to England but will not play again this summer.

India have three one-day internationals and a T20 fixture left to play against England.

India are expected to ask Ajinkya Rahane to open in place of Rohit alongside Shikhar Dhawan on Saturday, with Ambati Rayudu drafted into the middle order.

Suresh Raina, India's match-winner when they went 1-0 up in Cardiff two days ago, is optimistic they have the right contingency plan.

"Opening in England is always a difficult job, but unfortunately Rohit has got injured," he said.

"Still we have a lot of youngsters. Sanju Samson is here; we have Ambati Rayudu, and we have Vijay coming.

"He is a Test specialist, but he has done well in one-dayers and IPL."