Team India, on Monday announced their ODI, T20I and Test squads for the upcoming tour of Australia. Virat Kohli & Co. are scheduled to play three three ODIs, three T20Is and four Tests in Australia. The tour gets underway next month with the ODI leg.
One of the biggest surprises in the squads is the absence of one of India’s batting mainstays Rohit Sharma. The right-handed batsman is not included in any of the three squads. The reason behind the absence is definitely the hamstring injury he has sustained in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).
The India opener had picked up a hamstring injury in the left leg during Mumbai Indians’ Super Over defeat to Kings XI Punjab on October 18. He missed MI’s next two games against Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals on October 23 and 25, respectively.
On Friday, Mumbai Indians said in a statement that Rohit Sharma had made good progress and the franchise is ‘taking one day at a time monitoring the recovery process in consultancy with BCCI’. The statement did not give any indication that the injury was serious as it was expected that the senior batsman would return to IPL action soon.
Can Rohit Sharma still tour Australia?:
BCCI did raise a number of eyebrows with its decision of not naming Rohit Sharma in any of the three squads for the Australia tour has come as a big setback. There is still more than a month left before the tour of Australia starts while there is more than a month-and-a-half left before the Test series starts on December 17.
Well, Rohit Sharma’s chance of touring Australia has not ended yet. While announcing the three squads, the BCCI also announced that it would continue to monitor the recovery of both Rohit Sharma as well as injured pacer Ishant Sharma which means the duo could still earn a call for the tour.
“The BCCI Medical Team will continue to monitor the progress of Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma,” the BCCI said.
And it looks like the Mumbai star would play some part on the tour of Australia after resuming his batting training on Monday. Mumbai Indians, on Monday posted a photo on their social media accounts, showing that their captain has hit the nets. At the moment it looks like the BCCI’s decision to not name the batsman in the squad was just a precautionary measure.
Team India would definitely love to have Rohit Sharma for the tough tour especially in the Test team. The right-handed batsman was promoted as an opener in Tests last year and he had hit the ground running, scoring two hundreds and a double hundred against South Africa.