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Rohit Sharma keeps India above Mumbai Indians

Rohit Sharma keeps India above Mumbai Indians

Rohit Sharma 'to keep India above Mumbai Indians', IPL 2021 absence part of workload management

Mumbai Indians (MI) began the UAE leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 on a losing note as the defending champions went down fighting against Chennai Super Kings (CSK). MI skipper Rohit Sharma wasn't a part of the match, but his absence wasn't down to a last-minute injury issue.

Rohit, who has established himself into Team India's Test plans, has also had an extremely busy 2021. Be it the tour of Australia, the home series against England, or the time of the United Kingdom, Rohit has been an ever-present figure in the Indian team.

As per a report in the Times of India, Rohit is concretely planning his next 24 months, keeping the twin T20 World Cups and the 2023 ODI World Cup in mind.

Since missing out on the spot in the victorious Indian team at the 2011 World Cup, Rohit has been keen to lift the elusive trophy at least once in his career. However, the opportunities he has gotten thus far haven't been sufficient in fulfilling the Hitman's dream.

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With this year and the next two years offering as many as three opportunities to become a world champion, Rohit is keen to plan his assignments to the finest of details.

TOI quoted a source as saying.

"We (the franchise) keep India first. He's keeping India first. The World Cup is scheduled after the IPL. Every single aspect of his workload will be managed from a precautionary POV keeping his Team India objectives in mind,"

Rohit wasn't a part of Mumbai's previous outing against Chennai but got expected to feature against Kolkata Knight Riders. But, he is likely to take more breaks in the following years whenever an opportunity arises.

The report further adds that Rohit is keeping his Team India aspirations above everything else at the moment, especially considering he is the favorite to take over the T20I captaincy from Virat Kohli after the conclusion of this year's World Cup.

With the upcoming 24 months arguably being the most crucial in Rohit's career, maintaining physical and mental health is of enormous importance to the 34-year-old.

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