The National Cricket Academy (NCA) physios have declared Rohit Sharma fit. According to an ANI report, Sharma passed the fitness test at the NCA on Friday. The Indian vice-captain picked up a hamstring injury during the Indian Premier League (IPL). This injury led to him to be rested from the white ball series before being ruled out of the Test series too.
“He has passed the fitness test and the future course of action will be decided by the BCCI and the selection committee,” the source said.
The controversy that followed Rohit’s injury
Days after being rested from the Australia tour, Sharma featured in an IPL game for the Mumbai Indians. This led the cricketing fraternity to question the selection committee’s decision for resting the explosive opener. After much noise around the issue, Sharma was added to the Test side. While the Indian players who were part of the IPL final on November 10 moved into the bubble for the national team. Rohit flew back to India and later headed to the NCA to complete his rehabilitation.
“After that, the only information we have received on mail is that he is at NCA and he will be further assessed on December 11. So from the time the selection meeting happened and the IPL ended and now when this mail came about his assessment, there has been lack of clarity, we have been playing the waiting game on this issue and this is not ideal at all,” Indian captain Virat Kohli had said earlier.
But delay in his rehabilitation ruled him out of the Test series too. Being declared fit now, his chances of rejoining the side Down Under is slim, next to impossible, owing to the new bio bubble protocols. The protocols require players to be quarantined for 14 days before entering the bio bubble. Although Rohit will not be able to feature in the Border Gavaakar series, him being declared fit is good news for India.
The Men in Blue play England at home next year. And Rohit’s return will ensure that the preparations for the 2021 T20 World Cup in India will now be in full swing. England will be playing four Tests, three ODIs and five T20Is in India.