Rohit Sharma will eventually be on a flight to Australia, although he will be part of the Test team instead of the entire tour. Rohit was initially dropped from the team due to a hamstring injury, a decision that sparked controversy as he was fit enough to lead the Mumbai Indians long after his dismissal. In another change in the touring party, spinner Varun Chakraborty, who got India’s first national call-up in the T20 series, has been ruled out due to a shoulder injury. Fast bowler T Natarajan has been named in the squad in his place.
Rohit’s return is a significant development, due to the nature of his original part. On October 26, the day of the selection meeting, the BCCI said in a media release that Rohit was injured and was being monitored. Hours later, the Mumbai Indians posted a video of Rohit batting in the net.
Rohit was out of four matches for the Mumbai Indians after injuring his hamstring when he completed a run in the double-super over defeat against Kings XI Punjab on October 18. A few days after the selection meeting, India’s head coach Ravi Shastri said. Times Now In an interview the batsman said “if he is not careful he may be in danger of injuring himself”. Two days later, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly told PTI that Rohit had torn his hamstring, and would tear him if he ran back. However, just hours after Ganguly made those remarks, Rohit returned to the field, leading the Mumbai Indians against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the final league game of IPL 2020. He also played in Qualifier 1 against Delhi Capitals.
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On Monday, the BCCI said Rohit would miss the limited-overs portion of the tour of Australia, during which he would focus on his rehabilitation before the Test series. The BCCI said the decision was taken on the advice of Rohit and the selectors.
The BCCI medical team is monitoring Rohit Sharma’s health and has also informed the All-India Senior Selection Committee about this, the BCCI said. “In consultation with Mr Sharma, he has decided to rest in Australia’s ODIs and T20s to regain full health and has been included in India’s Test squad for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.”
Though the BCCI’s release did not mention it, it is expected that Rohit will leave for Australia with the rest of the Indian team soon after the IPL final on Tuesday. Both IPL players from India and Australia are likely to board a chartered flight to Sydney, where India will start their quarantine but will be trained.
Doubts continue over Saha, but the BCCI is positive on Ishant’s return
A Sunrisers player who missed badly in his last two matches was a rising star before he was dismissed in IPL 2020. During Qualifier 2 on Sunday, Sunrisers captain David Werner said Saha had a torn hamstring in his left leg.
Today, the BCCI revealed that Saha actually injured the hamstring in both legs, which could put him in doubt for the Australia Test series. Saha’s name was included in the Indian Test team along with Hashab Pant.
The BCCI has not indicated any recovery period for Saha, but has not yet denied it. “The senior Indian wicketkeeper injured both his hamstrings during an IPL match on November 3. His availability will be taken up later.”
A positive development for Indian team management could be about Ishant Sharma, who has been undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru since returning home early from the IPL. Ishant, who is part of the capital in the IPL, tore his abdominal muscles in the early weeks of this year’s tournament.
On October 26, the BCCI said it would also monitor Ishant as he has not been named in the Test squad by Sunil Joshi’s selection committee. Ishant, who has played 100 Tests after Kapil Dev, is just three matches short of becoming the second Indian fast bowler.
Recently, in his report to the BCCI, NCA Ishant, headed by former India captain Rahul Dravid, expressed optimism that he would play the Adelaide Test if his rehabilitation was planned. The NCAA said Ishant would start bowling from November 18, and then he would need to get match fitness. It is then likely that Ishant will play in both tour matches in December before the first Test.
“Once he recovers and recovers from the match, Ishant will be added to the Test squad,” the BCCI said on Monday. Once again, it is not clear whether Ishant will fly to Australia with the rest of the Indian team this week or fly separately later.
Samson will play in the ODIs, Natarajan got the first call-up
Sanju Samson, who was Rajasthan Royals’ top scorer in IPL 2020, has been included in the ODI team after being included in the first T20. The selectors did not make KL Rahul the back-up keeper when announcing the original ODI squad, and Samson will now play that role. Samson has scored 375 runs in the IPL this season at an average of 28.84 and a strike rate of 158.89.
Natarajan, who started IPL 2020 with Sunrisers, has got his first call-up for the national team in the T20I team instead of the injured Chakraborty. In the IPL, Natarajan’s ability to bowl to the Yorkers was almost exhausted, with 71 of them sent down by a left-handed seamer, more than anyone else. He took 16 wickets in 16 games, and his economy rate of 8.02 was good for a man who bowled a lot at the time of his death.
Along with Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Karthik Tyagi and Ishaan Poral, Natarajan was selected as the net bowler and was to travel with the Indian team in any case. Of those, Nagarkoti has been withdrawn from the tour, the BCCI said, adding that it was “still working with the medical team on its bowling workload management”.
T20Is: Virat Kohli (Capture), Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul (Vice Capture, Vic), Shreyas Yer Year, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Sanju Samson (Vic), Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprim Baham , Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, T Natarajan
ODI: Virat Kohli (Capture), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul (Vice Capture, Vic), Shreyas Yer Year, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jaspreet Bumrah, , Shardul Thakur, Sanju Samson (WK)
Tests: Virat Kohli (Capture), Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (Sub-Capture), Hanuma Vihari, Shubhaman Gill, Vriddhiman Saha (WK), Habshabh Pant (WK), Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Mohammad Siraj
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