India head coach Ravi Shastri has advised opener Rohit Sharma not to rush back from the hamstring injury. Earlier this week, the BCCI announced the ODI, T20I and Test squads for the tour and Rohit Sharma was not named in any of the three squads due to the hamstring injury he had sustained during the clash against Kings XI Punjab on October 18.
At the time of the squad announcement, the BCCI had also said that its medical team would continue to monitor the batsman’s injury. And just minutes after the squad announcement, Mumbai Indians confirmed that their captain has returned to training as they posted pictures and video of Rohit Sharma batting in the nets.
The contrasting events have caused a lot of confusion in the Indian cricket circles as several quarters including the likes of Virender Sehwag and Sunil Gavaskar have called for more clarity on Rohit Sharma’s injury. And now Ravi Shastri has given his views on the matter too.
The former India allrounder admitted that remaining on the sidelines is frustrating for any player. He further explained the possible reason behind Rohit Sharma hitting the nets earlier this week. The head coach explained that the opener batsman might have wanted to see how quickly he could return to action.
“There is nothing more frustrating for a player than he gets injured. Sometimes you know, you want to get out of that room of yours and try and see how quickly you can come back. And therein lies the grey area. Therein lies the problem where you want to go and play, you want to test yourself. But only you will know at the back of your mind whether you are 100% of there is a chance of it going again,” Ravi Shastri said while speaking to Times Now.
Ravi Shastri further advised Rohit Sharma not to rush back from the injury and narrated his own experience to explain how it could shorten a player’s career. Ravi Shastri pointed out that he went through a similar situation during his playing career and his eagerness to play despite not being fully fit shortened his career.
“I have been through that as a cricketer myself. I finished my career in 1991 when I went back to Australia when I shouldn’t have. If I had taken a break for 3-4 months, I could’ve played five years longer for India. So I speak from experience. It is a similar case. I wanted to go. Doctors told me don’t go. It was greed,” Ravi Shastri said.
India are scheduled to visit Australia for three ODIs, three T20Is and four Tests. The ODI series from November 27 will start the tour while the Test series will be played from December 17.
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