MUMBAI: Barely hours after the win at the MCG, Rohit Sharma had already boarded the flight to Mumbai when news arrived that wife Ritika had been blessed with a baby girl.

The middle-order batsman, who was on his way back from Australia, will miss the fourth Test in Sydney starting January 3. Sharma, who scored a vital half-century in the third Test at MCG - has been given time off to be with family and Hardik Pandya could get a look-in at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) as India will look to script history.

Those in the know of things told TOI: "It would've been great to have him (Rohit) around. Tactically, he brings so much to the side and then his batting provides the right kind of balance to the side. But what awaits him is far bigger and more important."

There will be no replacement player in the Test squad. Rohit will join the ODI squad on January 8, 2019, when the team begins their preparation for the ODI series starting January 12.
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