Former Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar highly supported Rohit Sharma’s inclusion for the Test series in Australia if fit. The BCCI has kept the fans in the dark regarding Rohit Sharma’s injury and the confusion created about the same has been enormous. While Sachin Tendulkar remains in doubt about the status of the opening batsman’s injury, he wants him playing down under if he fills all the requirements.
Rohit Sharma suffered a hamstring injury during IPL 2020 when playing for Mumbai Indians against Kings XI Punjab. While the 33-year old missed a few fixtures, letting his hamstring heal, Rohit returned to the field to captain the franchise in the last stages of the tournament. It resulted in the right-handed batsman likely injuring his hamstring further and could not travel with the Indian contingent to Australia. Instead, Rohit stayed back in India and spent time recovering from the injury and is progressing quite well.
Sachin Tendulkar stated that he was oblivious of Rohit Sharma’s injury and fitness and it is something the likes of BCCI, himself, team management, and physios must know. However, the 47-year old would like to see the star opening batsman in Australia if he clears all the fitness tests, meets all the requirements and parameters.
“I do not know the status of Rohit Sharma’s fitness. That is something the BCCI and Rohit know, they are in touch with each other and so are the physios and team management. They would be the ideal ones to answer this. If Rohit passes all his fitness tests and is cleared, then a player like Rohit should be there in Australia. If he meets all the parameters then he should be there,” Tendulkar told ANI.
When an important member of the squad is injured, the squad has to go ahead and play without him: Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar admits that losing Virat Kohli does put pressure on the Indian side and not having him for three Tests could have a massive impact on the series. However, Tendulkar brought into light that it is a team game and not an individual one. Thus, when a crucial member of the squad suffers an injury, the team has to proceed without him.
“See, of course Virat coming back, there is going to be one spot where a senior player who has been around for a long time, who has toured Australia, not being there will be missed without a doubt. But it is about a team and not an individual, so had he been injured, they would have to go without him in the second Test, I am saying this hypothetically, never would I wish that, I am saying when an important member of the squad is injured, the squad has to go ahead and play without him,” the former right-handed batsman added.