Rohit Sharma has not been named in India’s ODI, T20I, or Test squads for the upcoming tour of Australia as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury. Rohit has missed the last four games for his side Mumbai Indians in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 due to injury concerns. However, the door has not been shut on his comeback for Team India if he manages to recover in time.
Rohit had picked up a hamstring injury during Mumbai Indians’ double Super Over clash against Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2020 and has since remained on the sidelines. However, his exclusion from Team India’s squads came as a shock to many. Mayank Agarwal, who was injured, was included in all three squads while Rohit’s name was absent.
Questions were raised over his IPL future as many speculated that Rohit might be ruled out of the remainder of the tournament after failing to make the cut for India. However, the Mumbai Indians skipper was spotted batting in the nets for MI hours after the squad announcement last week. He has been training with the team and has been practicing in the nets which indicates he will make a comeback for India if fit in time for the Australia tour.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly reacted to Rohit’s absence from Team India and said selectors will rethink their call if Rohit manages to prove match fitness ahead of the tour. He stated that senior pacer Ishant Sharma can return to the squad for the Border Gavaskar Trophy if fit.
“We are monitoring Ishant and Rohit. Ishant is not completely out. He will become a part of the Test series. With Rohit, we want him fit for Australia. At some stage, if he is fit, I am sure the selectors will rethink his position,” Ganguly said.
When asked if Rohit should pull out from the remainder of IPL 2020 to not aggravate his injury, Ganguly responded by saying – “We haven’t seen him playing.”
In his absence, the selectors have named KL Rahul as India’s vice-captain in ODIs and T20Is. Earlier, head coach Ravi Shastri had revealed Rohit Sharma‘s injury report submitted to the selectors by the BCCI medical team stated that the batsman can be in danger of injuring himself again if he plays which was the reason behind his exclusion from all three squads for the Australia tour.