Rohit Sharma. (Source: BCCI)

Rohit Sharma has been declared fit by the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru and will join the rest of the India squad in Australia, the BCCI said on Saturday (December 12).

“Rohit has been rehabilitating and training at NCA since 19th November following a high-grade left hamstring injury suffered during the Indian Premier League (IPL),” the BCCI said in a statement.

“The NCA medical team was satisfied with the physical fitness of Mr Sharma after assessing him on different metrics that tested his skills related to batting, fielding and running between the wickets. Mr Sharma’s physical fitness has been satisfactory, however, he will be required to continue work on his endurance.

“He has been given a detailed programme to follow for the duration of the two weeks he will be quarantined for. He will be reassessed by the Team India medical team post his quarantine to establish his fitness status and a call on his participation in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy will be taken accordingly.”

“Hamstring is feeling absolutely fine. Just started the process of getting it nice and strong. Before I play the longer format, I absolutely needed to be clear in mind that there is no stone that is left unturned, that’s probably the reason, I’m at the NCA,” Rohit had told PTI. “So for me, it was not a concern what x, y or z was talking about like whether he would make it to Australia.

“I don’t know what was going on, to be honest, and what all were people talking about. But let me put this on record, I was constantly communicating with BCCI and Mumbai Indians.”

“Well, before we had the selection meeting in Dubai, we got a mail two days before that, which said that he’s unavailable for selection. He’s picked up an injury during the IPL and it mentioned that there’s a two-week rest and rehab period,” Kohli had explained.

“It said that the pros and cons and the implications of the injuries have been explained to him and he understood that. And he was unavailable for selection and that was the information that we got on mail before the selection meeting. After that he played in the IPL so we all thought that he’s going to be on that flight to Australia, which he wasn’t.

“And we had no information whatsoever on the reason why he’s not traveling with us. And after that, the only other information officially we’ve received on mail is that he’s in the NCA and he’s been assessed and he’ll be further assessed on 11th December.”

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