Rohit Sharma returned to the Mumbai Indians playing XI for their last league game against SRH in Sharjah on Tuesday. He missed the last four matches for his side with a hamstring injury. The BCCI meanwhile announced the Indian squads for their tour to Australia next month.
They did not add Rohit to their squads due to his injury, however, now his return for playing the last game for Mumbai has sparked some controversy regarding his fitness.
Rohit Sharma Sparks Fitness Debate With Return vs SRH
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly earlier said to the Hindustan Times that the BCCI is monitoring his progress and will take a call on his inclusion once he is fit.
“We are monitoring Ishant and Rohit. Ishant is not completely out. He will become a part of the Test series. With Rohit, we want him fit for Australia. At some stage, if he is fit, I am sure the selectors will rethink his position,” said Sourav Ganguly.
Meanwhile, there were rumours that Rohit might not play any more matches for MI this season, after aggravating the hamstring injury. However, Rohit updated on his fitness at the toss against Sunrisers Hyderabad before the game.
‘Looks like I’m fit and fine’, Rohit said to Murli Kartik at the toss.
Mumbai Indians have already qualified for the IPL 2020 playoffs. They will play Delhi Capitals in the first qualifier on Thursday. Mumbai have won both their games against Delhi earlier in the season and would look to win the knockout game as well.
KL Rahul was appointed as the vice-captain of the ODI and T20I squads in the absence of Rohit Sharma. Rahul tops the run-getters list this season with 670 runs from 14 games at an average of 55.83.
Earlier, Indian head coach Ravi Shastri also kept his views on Rohit Sharma’s injury.
“It’s being handled by the people in charge of the medical part of it. We don’t get involved in that. They have submitted a report to the selectors and they have gone about their business,” said Shastri.
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