Hamstring injury puts Rohit Sharma out of Chennai Super Kings game

Rohit Sharma picked up the injury during the game against Kings XI Punjab on October 18 BCCI

A hamstring injury in his left leg forced Rohit Sharma to miss the Mumbai Indians' tenth game of IPL 2020, against the Chennai Super Kings on Friday in Sharjah. In his absence, Kieron Pollard got a chance to lead the side for only the second time in the IPL, having earlier led the team in a game against the Kings XI Punjab last year.

A statement from the franchise just before the toss confirmed that Sharma had suffered the injury during the Mumbai Indians' last game, against the Kings XI in Dubai on October 18, which the Kings XI won after a double Super Over. "Rohit has made good progress over last four days, while the management is taking one day at a time monitoring the recovery process in consultancy with BCCI," the statement said.

This is the second time this year that Sharma has been sidelined by an injury. He had to fly back early from India's tour of New Zealand in February, missing the ODI and Test series as a result.

The Mumbai Indians' next match is in two days' time, against the Rajasthan Royals. It is not yet clear whether Sharma will be fit in time for that game.

After the IPL, India are scheduled to tour Australia, and with Sharma being part of the team in all three formats, his fitness will be closely monitored.