Rohit Sharma’s injury and fitness have been a mystery to solve so far. He was expected to miss the rest of IPL after a hamstring injury but instead he returned and took the field against Sunrisers Hyderabad on November 03. Later on, he also went on to play next two games including finale.
Prior to the match against SRH, there were dark clouds hovering over Rohit Sharma’s fitness and his presence in the match raised quite a few eyebrows especially after the 33-year old was not selected in Team India squads for Australia tour.
His absence from squad for Australia tour came as a big setback for team India. According to a report, Chief selectors and BCCI had opted for not picking Rohit Sharma in squads after recommendation from two specialist doctors and Nitin Patel, team India’s physiotherapist.
But Rohit Sharma’s appearance in nets later that evening had put up several questions including if Rohit is fit enough to train in nets, why isn’t he selected in the squad for Australia Tour? Putting those questions at rest, BCCI, though, later included him for the Test lag of Australia tour, stating that he has been rested for the limited overs series.
In a recent interview, BCCI president Saurav Ganguly clarified the reason behind Rohit’s late inclusion and his chances of making it to playing XI. When asked about Rohit’s fitness- “Rohit is still 70 per cent [fit],” Sourav Ganguly said in an interview with The Week.
“Why don’t you find out from Rohit himself? That is why he is still not picked for the ODIs and T20s down under. He has been added to the Test squad,” he added.
Rohit is currently in India and will go a rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru before joining the India squad for Tests. The first Test will start on December 17 at Adelaide.