There is absolutely no clarity at the moment regarding Rohit Sharma’s injury that saw him getting omitted from India’s squads for the upcoming tour of Australia. On Monday, the BCCI announced the Test, ODI and T20I squads for the tour and Rohit Sharma’s name was missing from all the squads.
While releasing the squads, the BCCI stated that its medical team would continue to monitor Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma. Rohit Sharma is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury that he had sustained during the clash against Kings XI Punjab on October 18.
Last week, Mumbai Indians in a statement gave an update on the injury and stated that their skipper is recovering well while hinting that he is close to returning to action. Thus, BCCI’s decision of leaving him out of the squads surprised many. And Mumbai Indians didn’t take long to further add to the confusion.
Just moments after the BCCI announced the squad, the defending IPL champions announced on their social media pages that Rohit Sharma was back training again, leaving everyone utterly surprised. Following their announcement, former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar also called for transparency over Rohit’s injury.
While the photos of Rohit Sharma’s net session for Mumbai Indians might have delighted the fans, the latest reports have made it clear that there is more to the entire episode.
According to a report in The Times of India, Nitin Patel, the physiotherapist of the Indian team, had submitted a report on the injury of Rohit Sharma, citing that the opener was injured and would require rest for two to three weeks to recover. In such a scenario, the batsman’s batting session has only made things more confusion.
The report was submitted along with similar recommendations from two other specialist doctors. The selection panel headed by Sunil Joshi, which chose the Indian squad to Australia, considered this report and omitted Rohit Sharma from the squad.
“Patel had submitted a detailed fitness report of every player. It’s a normal procedure where the Indian team physio informs the board and selection committee about which player is fit and which player is not.
“The selectors were informed that Rohit will not be available for selection due to injury. He even submitted two expert doctors’ advice who both said Rohit needs rest for two to three weeks,” the source told the news outlet.