Hello, world: Rohit Sharma shares first picture of his newborn daughter on Twitter

The right-handed-cricketer shared an adorable picture of his daughter and captioned it, “Well hello world! Let’s all have a great 2019.” 

New Delhi: Cricketer Rohit Sharma kicked off 2019 with a piece of wonderful news as his wife Ritika Sajdeh gave birth to a baby girl on Sunday. The 31-year-old batsman shared a glimpse of their first bundle of joy on his Twitter handle.

Rohit flew back to his hometown Mumbai from Australia after receiving the news and had to miss the ongoing 4th Test between India and Australia. On Thursday, he took to Twitter to share the first glimpse of his newborn baby.

“Well hello world! Let’s all have a great 2019,” Rohit wrote on social media with a photograph of his daughter’s tiny hands. The post soon went viral on social media and the tweet received close to 50k likes in no time.

Rohit was included in the Indian Test squad ahead of the ongoing Australia series after his continuous impressive performance in the limited-overs format. He was the second highest run-getter in both Asia Cup 2018 and the ODI series against West Indies with 317 and 389 runs respectively in the two tournaments.

Rohit was included in the playing XI for the first Test against Australia in Perth where he registered scores of 37 and 1 runs respectively before second Test at Perth due to an injury. India won the first Test by 31 runs before Australia bounced back to beat the visitors in the second Test to level the series 1-1.

Rohit made a comeback into the playing XI for the third Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and scored an unbeaten 63 in India’s first innings to play an important role in India’s thumping win by 137 runs. He was expected to play in the final fourth Test but had to leave for India after the birth of his daughter.

In Rohit’s absence, Hanuma Vihari was slotted back at his natural number six position while KL Rahul was included back in the playing XI to open the attack alongside Mayank Agarwal in the 4th Test at Sydney.

According to a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) statement, the Indian batsman will join the squad on January 8, when the team begins its preparation for the One-day International (ODI) series starting on January 12. The two other ODIs will be played on January 15 and 18.