Former Indian left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha feels that opener Rohit Sharma needs to practice a lot during the gap between the second and third Test in order to get himself acclimatized to the conditions.
Rohit Sharma missed out on the first two Tests of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy since he was undergoing hard 14-day quarantine in Sydney.
Sharma had picked up a hamstring injury during the IPL, post which he spent time at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) for his rehabilitation. He underwent a fitness test on December 11, post which he flew to Australia.
Pragyan Ojha added that the focus at the NCA was to ensure that Rohit Sharma shed off the weight he had put up during the time he had spent at home amid the covid lockdown. The southpaw added that with a lot of players getting injured after their return to cricket post the covid-enforced break, the NCA wanted to ensure that Rohit Sharma gains peak fitness before he travels to Australia.
“Rohit needs a lot of practice now because he had a 14-day quarantine period in his room, he has to get used to the conditions their and I think its the best way – go out their and practice,” Pragyan Ojha was quoted as saying by India Today.
“At NCA they made sure that Rohit was training harder because during the IPL and before that he had put on a little bit of weight, so they wanted him to reduce that. When you have not played for so long we are seeing a lot of injuries this season. So maybe because of that they wanted Rohit to be totally match fit,” he added.
“At NCA everybody’s focus was to get Rohit ready so that he doesn’t have an injury on the field,” Ojha added.
Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma joined the rest of the Indian squad in Melbourne on Thursday. He was the only member of the Indian squad who was seen sweating it out in the nets in Melbourne on Thursday.