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Rohit Sharma blessed with baby girl, to skip Sydney Test


ANI New Delhi [India]
Indian batsman Rohit Sharma became a proud father of a baby girl on Monday.
Soon after the news arrived, the cricketer flew back to Mumbai to attend his wife Ritika.
Meanwhile, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced that the right-hand batsman will give a miss to the final Test of the ongoing four-match series against Australia beginning January 3 in Sydney.
The cricket body also congratulated Sharma on the "beginning of a new chapter in his life".
"Rohit will miss the fourth and the final Test against Australia at Sydney. There will be no replacement player in the Test squad," an official statement from BCCI reads.
Sharma will join the national ODI side on January 8 when the team begins their preparation for the three-match ODI series starting January 12.
The middle-order batsman, who had missed the second Test of the series due to injury, played a knock of 63* in the first innings of the recently-concluded third Test. In the first match, Sharma had scored 37 and 1 in the two innings of the game.
India are leading the ongoing Test series 2-1 against Australia and will look to seal the deal while taking on the hosts in the fourth and final Test which will be held at the Sydney Cricket Ground from January 3 to 7.

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First Published: Dec 31 2018 | 1:20 PM IST

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