In what comes as heartening news for Indian cricket fans, star opener Rohit Sharma has passed the fitness test and has been declared by the physios at the National Cricket Academy [NCA] following the hamstring injury that he suffered during his stint with the Mumbai Indians during IPL 2020.
Rohit Sharma had gone to the National Cricket Academy on November 19 and his participation in the upcoming Border-Gavaskar Trophy hinged on the fitness test which was scheduled to take place on December 11.
“He has passed the fitness test and the future course of action will be decided by the BCCI and the selection committee,” the source said as quoted by ANI.
Rohit Sharma had initially been left out of the Indian touring party from all formats of the game after he suffered a hamstring injury during the IPL. However, with him turning out to play for MI after missing a few games, Rohit was added into the Test squad with the BCCI medical team advising the right-hander to sit out from the white-ball leg in order to recover from the injury.
“The BCCI Medical Team has been monitoring Rohit Sharma’s fitness and has briefed All-India Senior Selection Committee on the same. In consultation with Sharma, it has been decided to rest him for the ODIs and T20Is in Australia to regain full fitness and he has been included in India’s Test squad for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy,” the BCCI had said in a press-release.
However, confusion continued to galore on his participation in the Test series after Rohit headed straight to India following the completion of the IPL even as the entire Indian squad traveled to Australia. Ahead of the white-ball series, skipper Virat Kohli admitted that there was a lot of miscommunication around Rohit Sharma’s injury.
”Well, before we had the selection meeting in Dubai, we got a mail two days before which said that Rohit is unavailable for selection because of the injury he picked up during the IPL. It mentioned a two-week rest and rehab period, and it said that the pros and cons of the injury were explained to Rohit and he understood that,” Virat Kohli had said.
“It was the information we got by mail but after that, he played in the IPL. We all thought that he would be on the flight to Australia which he wasn’t and we had no information whatsoever on the reason behind him not flying to Australia,” Kohli had said.
“After that, the only information we have received on mail is that he is at NCA and he will be further assessed on December 11. So from the time the selection meeting happened and the IPL ended and now when this mail came about his assessment, there has been lack of clarity, we have been playing the waiting game on this issue and this is not ideal at all,” he added.
With a 14-day quarantine rule in place, Rohit’s participation in the Test series had come under jeopardy, and it was reported that he will miss atleast two Test matches. Post Virat Kohli’s comment, the BCCI said in a press release that a final decision on Rohit Sharma’s participation in the Test series will be taken after a December 11 fitness test. Now that he has passed the test, the opener is set to fly Down Under on December 14.