After a number of permutation and combinations, the Board of Control for Cricket in India finally announced the squads for team India tour of Australia on Monday. Sunil Joshi, the newly appointed chief selector, picked the team for a three-match ODI and T20 series and a four-match Border Gavaskar Trophy via video-conference.
While the selectors thrown in some surprises by picking Varun Chakravarthy and dropping Rishabh Pant, India’s limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma’s absence from the tour was a major talking point in selection. Surprisingly, Rohit Sharma hasn’t been named in any of the squads. Though it is known that he is currently, yet the extent of his injury and his availability for rest of IPL and Australia tour is still a burning question.
The Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma pulled his hamstring during the clash against Kings XI Punjab in the Super Over, subsequently missing out on all matches since then. While there are doubts lingering over Rohit Sharma’s participation in rest of IPL and Australia tour, BCCI has come up with a vital tweet on the hit-man.
BCCI tweeted, “NEWS – Four additional bowlers – Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kartik Tyagi, Ishan Porel and T. Natarajan – will travel with the Indian contingent. The BCCI Medical Team will continue to monitor the progress of Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma.”
If the tweet from BCCI is any indication, there are chances that we may not Rohit in IPL 2020 again. With just 10 days left for the playoff, Mumbai Indians, tough, will be hoping that the hit-man gets fit in time. In the nine matches so far, Rohit has scored 260 runs at an average of 28.88 and the strike-rate of 129.35.
If Rohit Sharma manages to recover in time for playoffs, it will also be a great boost for team India. The Cricket Australia has set a protocol for strict 14-day quarantine before entering in bio-bubble with other players and a delay will entirely rule him out of the limited overs leg on Australia tour.