India could suffer huge blows ahead of the Test series against Australia with their star men Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma likely to miss action Down Under. Neither of the two were named in the Test squads last month due to the injuries. During the time of the squad announcement, the BCCI had stated that its medical team would continue to monitor the injuries.
Earlier this month, Rohit Sharma was included in the Test squad. However, he is looking likely to miss the Test series along with Ishant. Both the players are currently undergoing rehab at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru as they aim to regain full fitness.
Their fate depends on their fitness status. The duo would be allowed to join the team in Australia only after they clear their fitness tests. But latest reports suggest that neither Rohit Sharma nor Ishant are likely to catch the flight to Australia for the forthcoming series.
Ishant and Rohit Sharma likely to miss Australia series:
According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, neither of Rohit or Ishant will make it in time for the Test series. The four-match Test series will start on December 17. The players also need to be in a mandatory 14-day quarantine in Australia before being allowed to join the rest of the squad.
As per the report, the fitness status of Rohit Sharma and Ishant was recently discussed during a meeting between experts at the NCA after it was learned that their report is not so encouraging. The team management, selectors, and the BCCI have all been informally informed that the duo might not feature at all against Australia in the upcoming series. The BCCI is likely to make a formal announcement on the same soon.
Recently, India head coach Ravi Shastri had hinted that Rohit and Ishant would miss the action in Australia if they don’t take the flight to Australia in 3-4 days’ time.
“He (Rohit) was never going to play the white-ball series, they were just looking to see how long he needed the rest, because you can’t afford to be resting for too long. If you need to play in the Test series or any red-ball cricket, you’ve got to be on the flight in the next three or four days. If you aren’t, then it’s going to be tough,” Shastri told ABC sports.
The latest development will be a huge blow for Team India who are also set to miss their skipper Virat Kohli for the three of the four-match Test series. Kohli will return home after the first Test to be at the birth of his first child.