Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri were reportedly involved in a conference call with injured opener Rohit Sharma after the India skipper lashed out at the lack of communication over the fitness of his teammate. The entire episode of Rohit Sharma’s injury took a different turn when Virat Kohli spoke about it on the eve of the first ODI against Australia.
Expressing his disappointment over the entire episode, Virat Kohli had said there was no clarity and only confusion. The India skipper said that he expected Rohit to board the flight to Australia from the UAE after he returned to action during IPL 2020. He also said he had no information about Rohit being not on the flight for Australia.
“Before the selection meeting, we got a mail that he is unavailable, that he has picked up an injury during the IPL. It said that the pros and cons of the injury were explained to him and he understood and he was unavailable.
“After that he played in the IPL and we all thought he would be on that flight to Australia and we had no information on why he is not travelling with us. There has been no information, there has been a lack of clarity. We have been playing the waiting game,” Virat Kohli had said.
The conference call:
As things got heated up after Virat Kohli’s revelations in the press conference, the authorities tried to sort things out by doing a conference call among the key personnel involved in the Rohit Sharma fitness fiasco, according to Mumbai Mirror. The news outlet stated that the call took place immediately after the skipper’s media conference on Thursday.
Apart from Virat Kohli and Rohit, coach Ravi Shastri and those involved in the opener’s fitness assessment at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore were all part of the conference call. Chief selector Sunil Joshi also joined the call, which lasted long enough for all parties to make their positions clear and have all queries answered.
All the parties collectively decided that a final call on Rohit’s availability for Australia tour will be taken only after his fitness assessment on December 11. The report also stated that the office-bearer involved in organising the call is confident that the opener will board the flight to Australia for the Test series starting on December 17.
But amidst all these confusion and unclarity, what has been really baffling is that neither Kohli nor Shastri called Rohit despite the latter being an integral part of the team. As of now, nothing much is known about it but things are not looking good at present.