Rohit Sharma joined his Indian teammates after finishing his quarantine period in Melbourne on Wednesday. He met all of his teammates and head coach of the Indian cricket team Ravi Shastri gave him a warm welcome. His availability before the third Test comes as a massive boost for the Indian team, who are missing the likes of Virat Kohli and Mohammed Shami.
He had travelled to the country earlier this month and was asked to quarantine as per the COVID guidelines in Adelaide. He is expected to resume training soon with the Indian team. He was last seen during IPL 2020 where he guided Mumbai Indians to their fifth illustrious title in the UAE.
Watch: Rohit Sharma Joins His Indian Teammates in Melbourne
In a video shared by BCCI‘s official Twitter handle, Rohit is seen linking up with his Indian teammates. Ravi Shastri“How was quarantine, my friend? You’re looking younger,” Shastri can be heard saying in the video.
Look who's joined the squad in Melbourne 😀
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 30, 2020
Rohit Sharma has an entire week to prepare himself well before the start of the third Test match in Sydney. Cricket Australia earlier this week confirmed SCG as the venue for the third test after there were question marks on its availability. The Test match starts from January 7.
Earlier Ravi Shastri said that they are yet to take a call on Rohit’s selection for the next Test match. Shastri has hinted that the management will assess Rohit Sharma and then take a call on whether or not he will play the third Test. The Indian coach was ecstatic after his side produced a comeback for the ages and won a historic Test match at MCG.
India’s maiden Pink-Ball Test against Bangladesh was Rohit Sharma’s last Test for India. he scored his maiden double ton in the Test match as India won the game by an innings and 46 runs.
Rohit Sharma had injured his hamstring during the IPL. He missed a few league games before making a comeback in the playoffs and eventually made the final. After the IPL, he missed the limited-overs series against Australia as he was under treatment for his hamstring at the NCA. Once deemed fit he was allowed to travel to Australia for the final two Test matches.