Rohit, Ishant should leave in 3-4 days if they are to play Australia Tests: Ravi Shastri

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Through: PTI | Sydney |

November 22, 2020 9:54 p.m.


Ishant Sharma celebrates a wicket with Rohit Sharma. (File)

India head coach Ravi Shastri expressed misgivings over senior players Rohit sharma and Ishant sharmaparticipation in the next round of tests if they do not reach Australia in the next few 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 series, they were just looking to see how long he needed the rest, because you can’t afford to rest too long,” Shastri told ABC. Sport.

“If you’re going to play in the Test Series or any red ball cricket, you’ve got to be on the flight within the next three or four days. If not, it will be difficult.

Shastri said the NCA medical team is currently assessing the length of Rohit’s break from the game.

“But things could get difficult 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, “the chef 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 anyone is going to star in the Test Series, they have to be on the flight within the next four or five days. Otherwise, it is very difficult.

Terming skipper Virat Kohli as the driving force behind this Indian team, Shastri supported her decision to return for the birth of her first child.

“I think it’s the right decision he’s making,” Shastri said.

“These moments don’t happen time and time again. He has the opportunity, he is going back, and I think he will be happier.

“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 was obviously going to be missed. But as I say, in adversity comes opportunity. There are a lot of young people in the team and this is an opportunity for them.

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