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When the Indian squad for upcoming Test series against England was announced, fans were in for a surprise as Rohit Sharma s name was not in the squad. It would not have been surprising till a few days back, when Rohit s willow was silent and the calls for his ouster from the Test team were louder. However, after scoring a fifty each in all the three Tests against New Zealand and playing a match as well as series-winning knock against the same opposition in the fifth and final One-Day International (ODI) of the series, he was supposed to be an obvious pick for the England series.

But all those who were surprised perhaps failed to notice the injury he had sustained while going for a run during the fifth ODI at Visakhapatnam last week. The same thigh injury kept him away from his fielding duties, which were executed by Mandeep Singh. The Chairman of selectors MSK Prasad, when asked by the reporters about Rohit s omission, confirmed Rohit was out of the squad due to the same injury, further saying the batsman will possibly fly to London to meet a medical consultant and is expected to be out for 10-12 weeks.

Out of the team, Rohit used his spare time for the inauguration of Adidas Home Court store in Bandra, Mumbai on Friday. When asked about India s chances in the upcoming five-Test series, Rohit said despite being favourites, Team India will have to be vary of the touring England team. England are a very good Test team. We ve got a lot of hard work to do. They beat us here last time (1-2 in 2012-13). We understand their strengths and weaknesses and we have to exploit them, said Rohit on the sidelines of the inauguration.

The stylish batsman further added, It is important to play the way we have been playing recently. We are the No 1 Test team and there is a reason for that. Given our experience and conditions, I think the dominance of the Indian team should continue till the end of the season. But we are talking about Test cricket here and it s not going to be easy. We have to put out right foot forward.

Rohit, who will be forced to watch the England Tests on television rather than being on the field, fears being out of action for at least three months if doctors decide to operate his right thigh. The BCCI medical team is in touch with doctors. We are awaiting their reply, the Mumbai batsman said, before adding, The picture is not clear. If I undergo surgery, I may be out for three to three and a half months, and signing off.