India opener and limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma was omitted from the squads for Australia tour due to fitness issues. He even missed few matches for Mumbai Indians in the on-going IPL but his presence in the playing XI against the Surisers Hyderabad has raised eyebrows.
Former India captain Dilip Vngsarkar has also questioned this. “It’s intriguing that Rohit Sharma, the most accomplished batsman of Team India, who was only a few days ago declared unfit to tour Australia by the Indian team’s physio (Nitin Patel) and hence not selected for the trip, is playing and leading MI in the IPL,” Vengsarkar was quoted as saying by the Times of India.
“Now, the question here is, is the IPL more important to him than playing for India? Is the club more important than playing for the nation for him? Will the BCCI take a call on this? Or is it that the BCCI physio faltered in diagnosing Rohit’s injury correctly,” he further said.
Rohit had undergone a fitness test last Sunday, the result of which hasn’t been revealed. As per BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly, Rohit’s progress is to be monitored over the next few days based on which he may or may not be named for the Australia squad.