The hullabaloo around the Rohit Sharma injury saga has once again shed light on what can happen where there is a lack of communication between the board, team-management, and the concerned player.
Rohit Sharma suffered a hamstring injury during the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League post which he wasn’t named in the original squad named by the selectors for the tour of Australia. Amid growing speculations, Rohit turned for a training session a few hours after the squad announcement, and after missing a few matches, he made his comeback to the side, leading them to their 5th title.
Rohit was added into the Test squad but unlike the Australia-bound contingent, the opener returned home, and it was only after Virat Kohli expressed his disappointment at the lack of communication around his injury status that the BCCI released a statement that the ‘Hitman’ returned home in order to be with his father who is suffering from Covid.
”We had no information whatsoever on the reason why he is not traveling 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,” Virat Kohli had said in the virtual press-conference.
Former Indian fast bowler and Mumbai Indians ‘director of cricket’, Zaheer Khan, has now responded to Virat Kohli’s comments on the lack of communication, adding Rohit Sharma’s body reacted ‘differently’ in the IPL.
He added that different formats require different levels of fitness and that Rohit Sharma was fit enough to play for the Mumbai Indians.
‘Yes, communication has been the talking point. But, when you look at different formats of the game, different fitness levels are required. I think in Rohit’s case, communication around that part is simple. His body reacted completely differently in the IPL and was fit enough to play T20 format for Mumbai Indians. He got 70-odd crucial runs in the final as well,” Zaheer Khan on Cricbuzz live show.
According to the latest press-release by the BCCI, a final call will be taken on whether Rohit will participate in the Test series following a fitness test on December 11.