Sharma fractured his finger in England and underwent surgery to get it fixed.
Sharma is currently undergoing treatment in England and is expected to be fully fit in about 21 days.
Even absence of an injured Rohit Sharma has not unsettled India’s batting order as Rahane and Rayudu step it up.
Rohit, who scored heavily in 2013, said he can only score runs and can’t control what critics feel about him.
Rohit said that it was an unbelievable feeling to chase down 190 in 14.3 overs and seal play-off spot.
MI will start the match as favorites, but RR have better chance of making the cut owing to superior run rate.
Admitting that the batting has been poor so far, Rohit feels the batsmen know the wicket here and should do well.
Since it was his first offence of the season relating to minimum over-rate offences, he was fined USD 20,000.
Jain gives a sneak peek into the next season with works of Rajneesh Chanreeh and Ravindra Dutt.
These are early days in the season but the defending champions need to regroup fast against Virat Kohli’s side.
Wright, however, pointed out that as a defending champions’ skipper, Rohit would face challenges.
Says the twin tours were a massive learning curve; sets sights on the English summer.
India could think of opening with Ajinkya Rahane and demote Rohit Sharma.
No Dhoni, Yuvraj & Raina means India’s batting order is short on experience between four & six.
Singh was not part of the Indian 50-over squad in New Zealand which lost the five-match series 4-0.