BCCI’s announcement of the Australia tour squad and Rohit Sharma’s exclusion from it on medical reasons, came as a shock to the cricket fans in the country. According to a BCCI release the fitness of Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma was being monitered. Rohit Sharma is currently in UAE for IPL 2020.
However, on the same day, a video posted by Mumbai Indians’ social media handle, of Sharma practicing in the nets, has baffled the fans on the Indian opener’s injury status.
A day after Sharma’s omission from the squad, a BCCI source said on Tuesday, that Rohit Sharma could still make it if he proves his match fitness when he returns to action in the Indian Premier League.
Now everyone’s attention is on the Mumbai Indians’ skipper, who is recovering from a hamstring strain. He suffered the injury during a Superover match with Kings XI Punjab. Whether he will play in the match against RCB on Wednesday is still in doubt.
No clarity on how serious Rohit Sharma’s injury is
The ongoing IPL is taking place in the UAE due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The BCCI physio, Nitin Patel, is already present there to monitor the Board- contracted players and co-coordinating with the teams.
The Australia tour is set to begin on November 27. And Patel will take charge of the players after the tournament ends on November 10. He will make an assessment, conduct a fitness test and submit the reports to the selectors as per protocol.
But still, there is no clarity over Sharma’s injury. If it is just a hamstring strain, as reported, the player can be fit in a week or ten days.
However, a BCCI source said, “Rohit’s injury is more severe than believed initially. The nets session video posted by the franchise on Monday may not be a true reflection of where it stands.“
Gavaskar asks for transparency
The Mumbai Indians’ video has not only confused the fans but even, former India captain, Sunil Gavaskar has come out and said, “If he is training for MI, then I don’t know what kind of injury it is. A little transparency about what actually is the problem will help everybody.“
“We are talking about Tests which are a month-and-a-half way,” he said while talking to Star Sports.