India National Cricket Team
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India will play Bangladesh in the third and final ODI of the three-match series at the Zahur Ahmed Chaudhary Stadium in Chattogram On Saturday, December 10. The hosts are 2-0 in the series and hoping for a clean sweep, while the Indians are desperate for a win. Mehidy Hasan Miraz scored a century to lead the home team to a five-run victory in the second ODI on Wednesday at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium.

After the match, Rohit Sharma has expressed concern over players getting injured despite passing fitness tests at the National Cricket Academy (NCA). Team India will be without Rohit Sharma, Deepak Chahar and Kuldeep Sen in the third ODI against Bangladesh due to various injuries. Earlier in the game, the Indian captain injured his thumb while trying to catch the ball at the second slip.

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Rohit Sharma (PC-Getty Images)
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Rohit Sharma Needs Those Players Who Stay Fit Regularly – Saba Karim

Speaking to India News, former Indian cricketer Saba Karim said that Rohit Sharma should pick only fit players. Karim cited ace pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who returned in the T20I series against Australia after missing the Asia Cup. The right-arm pacer was injured again after two games and was ruled out of the T20 World Cup.

“You have to take strict action. Rohit Sharma has to stay strong in his decision-making. He needs those players who stay fit regularly. You don’t want players who play one or two matches and go back after getting unfit,” Karim said.

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah. (Photo: Getty Images)

“If you look at Jasprit Bumrah. He first got injured and then came back and was again ruled out after one or two games. The problem is the same with everyone, whether it’s experienced players or youngsters. It’s a pressing issue that needs to be dealt with carefully, or else we won’t be able to play with a full-strength team,” he added.

There Are Definitely A Few Injury Concerns – Saba Karim

Karim opined that the BCCI should adopt a new rule to allow injured players to play enough domestic games to be called up to the national team once they regain full fitness. Earlier, Rohit Sharma expressed his frustration at the increasing number of injured players in India.

“In international matches, you are under pressure. There should be a rule that once NCA declares you match-fit, you must play X number of domestic games to get back in the team.”

Saba Karim
Saba Karim, Image Credits: Twitter

“There are definitely a few injury concerns. We need to try and get to the bottom of it. We have to sit with our team back home at the NCA as well and try and monitor their workload. That is something we need to look at. We cannot afford guys coming in here half-fit and representing the country.”

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