Sydney: Indian head coach Ravi Shastri has expressed concerns about senior players Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma participating in the next round of testing if they do not reach Australia in the coming days.
Rohit (left hamstring) and Ishant (lateral strain) are both in NCA rehab, but BCCI have yet to announce when the duo will reach Australia.
Given the mandatory 14-day quarantine requirement, it’s clear they would miss the first warm-up match against Australia A, at Drummoyne Oval from December 6-8, if they don’t leave on Monday.
“He (Rohit) was never going to play the white ball streak, they were just looking to see how long he needed the rest, because you can’t afford to rest too long,” Shastri said. ABC Sport.
“If you need to play in the Test Series or any red ball cricket, you have to be on the flight within the next three or four days. If you don’t, then it’s going to be tough. . “
Shastri said the NCA medical team is currently assessing the length of Rohit’s break from the game.
“But things could get tough if he was asked to wait too long, (because) then you talk about quarantine again, which could make it very difficult for him even to come just in time for the series of tests.” , explains the manager added the coach.
In an interview with PTI, Rohit said he was confident playing the Test Series, even though strength and conditioning work still needs to be done with his hamstrings.
Shastri said even Ishant’s case is similar and he would also have to play at least one practice game before he can be considered for the test.
The second and final warm-up match, at SCG from December 11 to 13, will take place one night before the start of the first test in Adelaide from December 17.
“This is (Ishant) a case similar to Rohit,” Shastri said.
“You don’t really know how fast it will be available to fly. Like I said, if someone is to play in the Test series, they have to be on the flight within the next four or five days. Otherwise, c ‘is very difficult.”
Calling skipper Virat Kohli the driving force behind this Indian team, Shastri supported his decision to return for the birth of his first child.
“I think it’s the right decision he’s making,” Shastri said.
“Those moments don’t come over and over again. He’s got the opportunity, he’s going back, and I think he’ll be happier for it.
“If you see where India has gone over the past five to six years, there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that he is the driving force and the man behind (the success of the India).
“So he would obviously be missed. But like I say, in adversity comes the opportunity. There are a lot of young people in the squad and it’s an opportunity for them.”