The announcement of the India squads for the limited-overs and Test series in Australia created a bit of ruckus in the cricketing folklore. Rohit Sharma, who recently suffered a hamstring injury, was omitted from all three formats with in-form KL Rahul named as the vice-captain in the limited-overs.
Rohit Sharma’s injury situation will be closely monitored by the cricket board and will be included if he is fit to play. The Mumbai Indians captain showed glimpse of his brilliance during the net session for the side soon after the squad was announced. It is likely that he will be fit before the tour Down Under.
Rohit Sharma is still 50:50 even though he has batted: Deep Dasgupta
Former India cricketer turned commentator Deep Dasgupta said that even though Rohit Sharma trained after the squad announcement, he is still not fully fit. He however pointed out that the board could have kept announcing KL Rahul as vice-captain on hold depending on the recovery of Rohit Sharma.
“Rohit still hasn’t played any game in a while now, but I guess if he is fit to play for the Mumbai Indians then he will be part of the national team. But what I know is that he is still 50:50, although he has just started to bat in the nets,” Dasgupta said in an interaction on Sports Today.
“I guess it is just a matter of time. As soon as he is fit to play a game or a few games, then he will be ready. It is a hamstring issue and you don’t want to include someone who is not 100 percent fit.”
“If Rohit is fit, he has to be there. There is no doubt about it. Maybe Mayank Agarwal’s injury is not as serious and therefore his name is included. But a fit Rohit Sharma has to be included in the team,” he said.
“Maybe announcing the vice-captain could have been on hold. They could have waited for Rohit’s injury details for another week, and then gone ahead with it [declaring the vice-captain].”