India batsman Rohit Sharma left Australia on Sunday after his wife had a baby girl and will miss the fourth and final Test starting on Thursday in Sydney.

“The BCCI congratulates Rohit on the beginning of a new chapter in his life,” BCCI said in a media release on Monday.

“He will join the ODI squad on the 8th of January 2019, when the team begins their preparation for the ODI series starting 12th January,” it added.

There will be no replacement player for Rohit, who hit a vital half-century (63 not out) in India’s crushing 137-run victory in the MCG Test.

“Congratulations my brother  @ImRo45 and @ritssajdeh for becoming parents of a baby girl.. my love to the princess.. life starts now guys.. so happy for you  #babygirl bless,” tweeted Harbhajan, who was among the first to wish the couple.

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