India’s limited overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma won’t travel to Australia if he doesn’t clear the fitness test as per some reports. “Rohit won’t travel to Australia unless he clears a fitness Test conducted by Team India physio Nitin Patel. Unless Patel and the National Cricket Academy declare him fit, Rohit is not going to Australia,” a source from BCCI was quoted saying this to Times of India.
“A decision will be taken soon in this regard. It’s only fair that Rohit stays with the team and does his strength and conditioning work under physio Nitin Patel and trainer Nick Webb. Let’s see how it goes,” the source added.
Sharma was omitted from the squads for the Australian tour after fitness concerns but his comeback in the Mumbai Indians XI in the past couple of matches has raised many eye brows.
Earlier, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly had backed Sharma to make a decision. “You don’t want him to get injured again. He has a hamstring tear and it will get ruptured again. It will then get longer for him to come back. But yes, there are people working with him. We will have to assess him. I don’t know (when he can come back). He hasn’t played so far since the time he has got injured. We want him to recover. It’s the BCCI’s job to get their best players on the park. If he recovers, he plays,” Ganguly had said.
“The Mumbai Indians physio is working with him. The Indian physio [Nitin Patel] is there. Rohit himself knows that he has got a long career ahead and it’s not just this IPL or next series for him. I am sure he is mature enough to do what is best for him,” Ganguly said. I can tell you that things you do easily at the practice might be a bit of struggle during match situation. The muscles react differently to pressure situations.”
Earlier, Ishant Sharma was also not picked up for India squad for the same reason.