Questions are being raised on Rohit Sharma’s commitment as he is looking likely to miss at least two Tests in the upcoming series against Australia. The opening batsman is currently at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) for his rehab after suffering a hamstring injury in IPL 2020.
That injury had initially kept him out of all the three squads for the tour of Australia. But after he returned to action for Mumbai Indians, he was included in the Test squad. However, his participation in the Test series is in doubt as he is reportedly not close to being fully fit and the mandatory quarantine rules in Australia.
A 14-day quarantine is currently mandated in Australia due to Covid-19. The first Test of the four-match series starts on December 17, but India are also slated to play a three-day warm-up match on December 11 before that. For Rohit Sharma to be out of quarantine by December 10, he would have to be in Australia by November 26.
However, he is very much unlikely to get the permission to leave for Australia soon. And the opener is now facing the heat for not traveling directly to Australia from UAE. Team India had left for Australia right after the IPL came to an end earlier this month.
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Why did Rohit Sharma return to India after IPL 2020?
While Team India left for Australia from the UAE, Rohit Sharma returned to India with the Mumbai Indians camp. He is facing the heat for the same, as many are suggesting that traveling with the team would have made him available for selection for the Test series right from the start.
Fingers are being pointed at Rohit for his commitment with many even suggesting that the star batsman was not willing to play Test cricket. The reason, however, is completely different. According to journalist Boria Majumdar, Rohit Sharma had returned to India because his father was suffering from COVID-19.
“The reason Rohit didn’t travel with the team [to Australia], came back to Mumbai with Mumbai Indians is because his father had COVID. That is the reality.
“After that, if he didn’t want to play red-ball series, there was no reason for him to travel to the NCA. He could have easily stayed back with Ritika and family. So there is absolutely no reason to say that Rohit didn’t want to play the red-ball series,” Boria was quoted as saying by Sports Today.
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