Rohit Sharma and wife welcome their first baby home

Rohit Sharma blessed with a baby girl, to miss SCG Test

Rohit Sharma will miss the final Test against Australia starting January 3 in Sydney as he has flown back to Mumbai to be with wife and their new-born daughter. Rohit who is in Australia for Tests boarded a flight to Mumbai few hours after India won the third test against Australia at the MCG. He will be missing the Sydney Test now after scoring fluent 63* in the first innings of the Boxing Day Test. There will be no replacement player in the Test squad.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, with four Test centuries, is another option to take Sharma's place on the expected spin-friendly SCG pitch.

According to various report, Rohit Sharma's wife Ritika Sajdeh gave birth to a baby girl yesterday.

A statement on Twitter added: "The BCCI congratulates Rohit on the beginning of a new chapter in his life".

He is set to return to Australia on January 8 to link up with India's one-day global squad.

Rohit Sharma blessed with a baby girl, to miss SCG Test
India vs Australia: Blessed With Baby Girl, Rohit Sharma to Miss Final Test in Sydney

Rohit Sharma pictured with his wife.

Rohit had earlier said that his India teammates would tease him about being a father, because of his irresponsible mannerism and his tendency to forget things.

In Rohit's absence, India have a number of options for the Sydney Test. Vihari could return to the middle order with either Vijay or Rahul coming back into the side, or the seam-bowling allrounder Hardik Pandya could directly replace Rohit at No. 6.

The Test series is set for an interesting finish with India within touching distance of claiming their first win on Australian soil.

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