After Virat Kohli called the confusion surrounding the Rohit Sharma injury episode “not ideal” for Indian cricket, the BCCI shared a detailed update in a press release ahead of the first One-day International between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.
Due to the extremely-strict Quarantine regulations in Australian territories, the Indian contingent, not part of the IPL, traveled to the UAE beforehand to join the rest of the Australia-bound squad in the temporary bubble. The bubble transfer allowed the players to train during their isolation and thus it beggared belief why was Rohit Sharma allowed to travel to India instead of being asked to continue his rehab on the Australian shores.
Clearing the doubt, in a press release shared late on Thursday night, the BCCI confirmed, “Rohit Sharma had to come back to Mumbai after the IPL to attend his ailing father. His father is now recuperating and that has allowed him to travel to the NCA and start his rehabilitation.”
The Indian limited-overs vice-captain will now undergo another assessment on December 11 after which a decision regarding his participation in the upcoming Border-Gavaskar Trophy will be taken.
Ishant Sharma ruled out of Tests, Natarajan added to ODI squad
Meanwhile, Ishant Sharma, who has completely recovered from the side strain sustained during the Indian Premier League, will not be taking part in the series at all as the board decided to monitor his Test-match fitness so as to give him enough time to regain his full mojo back ahead of the home series against England instead of rushing back prematurely.
With a few hours to go for the first ODI in Sydney, India suffered a major blow in the form of Navdeep Saini who complained of back spasm and might not take partake in the first ODI. As a backup, the selectors added T Natarajan to the ODI squad. The yorker specialist from Salem was first picked as a net bowler for the Australia tour before an injury to Varun Chakravarthy allowed him to be a part of the T20 squad.