Former India middle-order batsman, VVS Laxman is upset about the entire manner in which the Rohit Sharma injury drama is been handled. Captain, Virat Kohli’s ‘lack of clarity’ comments have broken a furore from fans and former cricketers.
However, initially, he was omitted from all the three formats for the Australia tour. Rohit Sharma didn’t fly to Australia with the entire squad and was seen training in the NCA in Bangalore. The BCCI in a recent report has updated that he was with his father, who was not well. Rohit went to the NCA for rehabilitation after his father became healthy.
The MI skipper was included in the Test squad after Virat Kohli pulled out of the last three Test matches as he will return home to attend the birth of his first child.
Rohit Sharma should have been sent to Australia earlier: VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman has opined that Rohit Sharma should have been selected in the squad in the first place. He also finds it surprising that in the age of Whatsapp groups and emails, there is a lack of communication.
The 46-year-old says that generally everyone is updated about an injury of any player. Laxman is perplexed that two senior players, after playing for about a decade together with the national team, are not having enough conversations.
VVS Laxman told to Star Sports, “I feel that in the first place he (Rohit Sharma) should have been selected and the communication gap is something which is disappointing. I am really surprised because in this age of communication where there are so many WhatsApp groups, there’s usually a group mail which goes around, I’m sure a group between the team management, the chairman of the selection committee and the in-charge of the medical team of the BCCI.
“Usually, everything is updated to the team management, and everyone is kept in the loop. So, I am not sure why is there a communication breakdown as far as this case is concerned and we are talking about two senior players,” he added.
The cricketer-turned-commentator adds that Rohit is a valuable member of the Test team. Laxman believes that the opener should have been sent to Australia to complete the quarantine with everyone and train with the team instead of travelling down under later when he will have to do a 14 day isolation period and won’t be allowed to interact with anyone physically.
“Rohit Sharma is a very valuable player in Test matches. So I would’ve kept him in the chain, subject to fitness, would’ve definitely kept him in the picture. Secondly, you could’ve sent him with the team after that, keeping the quarantine rules in mind. Because there is a 14-day quarantine, in the soft quarantine since you have been in the bubble in UAE. Then you move to another bubble [in Australia]. In soft quarantine, you can practice, train with teammates, hit the gym,” VVS Laxman opined.