After staying away from all the action for nearly two months, India star Rohit Sharma, on Friday, finally hit the nets. The opening batsman was on the sidelines with a calf injury since the conclusion of IPL 2020 on November 10.
Following the conclusion of the IPL, he had returned home from the UAE before travelling to the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru to recover from the calf injury he had sustained in the tournament. As a result, he missed the limited-overs series as well as the first two Tests of the ongoing tour.
He is now all set to make his much-anticipated return to the cricket field. The right-handed batsman had joined the squad at a Melbourne hotel on Wednesday (December 30) after landing in the Australian city post the completion of the 14-day mandatory quarantine period in Sydney. Earlier this month, Rohit Sharma had landed in Australia after clearing his rehab and the fitness test at the NCA.
And the batting star is now busy in preparing himself for the upcoming third Test against Australia. The BCCI, on Friday, posted a video of the batsman batting in the nets, tweeting:
“The wait is over! The Hitman @ImRo45 show is about to unfold. #TeamIndia.”
The wait is over!
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 1, 2021
Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma was on Friday appointed the vice-captain of the Indian Test team for the first time in his career, replacing Cheteshwar Pujara, who was given the responsibility for the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne. Pujara was named the vice-captain after Ajinkya Rahane took charge of the team following Virat Kohli’s departure.
The ongoing four-match series is currently locked at 1-1 after India won the second Test by eight wickets. The third Test of the series is scheduled to start from January 7 in Sydney.