Days after BCCI boss Sourav Ganguly said the ‘paralyzed’ Rohit Sharma was still only 70% fit, the former said he still knew the injury was not so bad and that he would be combat ready for the Australia tour. (More cricket news)
Rohit, 33, is not part of the limited Indian squad for the Australian tour and the selectors have included him in the revised test squad after playing two IPL matches, in addition to the final. Although Rohit said he was absolutely fine, BCCI felt he needed more time to recover from his hamstring injury.
“I don’t know what was going on, to be honest and what all the people were talking about. But let me say it, I was constantly communicating with BCCI and the Indians in Mumbai,” Rohit said.
Rohit hit a winning shot of 68 of 50 balls in the IPL final against the Delhi Capitals. Playing in pain, the skipper helped Mumbai claim a record fifth title in the United Arab Emirates.
“The hamstrings feel perfectly good,” Rohit told PTI. “I just started the process to make it nice and strong. Before playing the longer format, I absolutely had to be clear in thinking that there is no stone left unanswered, this is probably the reason , I am at the NCA. “
“I told them (the Bombay Indians) that I could take the pitch because it is the shorter format and that I will be able to handle the situation quite well. Once I made myself clear, it s ‘It was about focusing on what I needed to do. ”Rohit added.
But his physical form has become even more crucial as regular skipper Virat Kohli will not be available after the first test in Australia as his wife Anushka Sharma expects.
And it sparked a huge debate over his fitness, forcing even Ganguly to make a statement as the national landed in Australia for the successful tour.
“Rohit is still at 70% [fit]Ganguly said in an interview with The Week.
The ex-Indian captain didn’t look too happy when talking about Sharma heading to Mumbai as he reportedly still recovered from the hamstring tear in his left leg he suffered in their match against the Kings XI Punjab on October 18 in Dubai.
“Why don’t you find out from Rohit himself? That’s why he’s still not selected for ODI and T20. He has been added to the test team,” Ganguly added.
Speaking about the controversy, Rohit said, “So for me it wasn’t a question of what x, y or z were talking about, like he was going to Australia.”
According to Rohit, all he needed was three and a half weeks to prepare for the tests and he doesn’t understand what it was, given that the series begins on December 17.
“Of course, there is still work to be done on my hamstrings. That’s why I didn’t go to Australia for the white ball game because there are back-to-back games. About 6 games in 11 days, “he said of the limited overs game starting on November 27th.
“So I thought if I worked on my body for 25 days, I could probably go and play the test matches. So that was an easy decision for me and I don’t know why it got so complicated for them. others, “he wondered aloud.
Rohit is currently doing strength and conditioning work at NCA Bengaluru before heading to Australia.
The India tour in Australia begins with the first of three ODIs on November 27 and will be followed by a three-match T20I clash.
The series of tests is expected to begin with a day-night meeting in Adelaide, starting December 17.
(With PTI inputs)
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