India skipper Virat Kohli has all but completely made it clear that Rohit Sharma’s injury case has not been handled well by the concerned parties with a sensational statement ahead of the first ODI against Australia.
Rohit Sharma is still in India, nursing his hamstring injury at the National Cricket Academy. The opening batsman was initially not named in any of the three squads for the tour due to the same injury. However, he was later included in the Test squad after he returned to action for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2020.
But after the conclusion of the tournament, he decided to return home instead of flying to Australia with the rest of the team. At that time, it looked like the selectors and the BCCI medical team had asked him to go to the NCA in order to fully recover ahead of the Test series.
However, recent reports have suggested that BCCI did not ask Rohit Sharma to return to India. Another report suggested that the opener returned home because his father was suffering from COVID-19
Virat Kohli on Rohit Sharma’s absence:
Amidst all the reports and rumours, India skipper Virat Kohli has all but made things clear with his comment. Speaking on the eve of the first ODI, the 32-year old admitted that the entire episode of Rohit Sharma’s injury has ‘been very confusing’ and there has been little clarity over the same.
Virat Kohli also said that he wanted his teammate to board the flight to Australia from the UAE but it didn’t happen.
“We had no information whatsoever on the reason why he is not travelling with us. The only other information we have received officially that he is at the NCA and he will be further assessed on December 11.
From that selection meeting to IPL finishing till the last e-mail, there has been no information, lack of clarity and we have been playing the waiting game on this issue for a while, which is not ideal at all. It has been confusing,” said Virat Kohli.
Meanwhile, there are doubts over Rohit’s participation in the Test series too. The batsman is yet to fully recover and with strict quarantine rules in place, he might miss a better part of the series or its entirety.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly is reportedly negotiating with Cricket Australia to relax the quarantine rules for Rohit as well as Ishant who is at the NCA too.