Whether Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma will be able to fly to Australia in the next few days is still unclear. It has also been learned that there has been nothing related to this between the Indian Cricket Management’s National Cricket Academy (NCA) or the Board of India (BCCI). If so, both the experienced cricketers can stay out of the entire Test series.
Rohit-Ishant not sure to play Test?
Both Rohit (left hamstring) and Ishant (side strain) are on rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy due to a muscle strain. Chief coach Ravi Shastri had expressed apprehension over the participation of senior players Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma in the Test series in the past, and said that for this he will have to reach Australia in the next few days.
Actually. Considering the 14-day compulsory segregation in Australia, Shastri had said that if both of them did not leave India on Monday, they would not be able to participate in the practice match (December 6-8) against Australia-A. The Test series is to begin from December 17. If we consider Shastri’s apprehension, it is not decided for Rohit and Ishant to go on this tour.
Shastri told ABC Sports on Sunday, ‘If you want to play in the Test series, then you have to be on the plane in the next three or four days. If this is not done then there will be trouble.
Rohit was opted out of the tour of Australia due to injury while playing for Mumbai Indians in IPL. However, he made a comeback after being ruled out of the four matches of the IPL and was included in the Test team.
Rohit stays out of the Test series, it will be a big blow for India. Captain Virat Kohli is returning home after the first Test. KL Rahul is a back-up opener in the team, but Rohit’s ability can benefit more for Team India.