The Indian cricket team is to visit Australia next month to play the series three T20s, three ODIs and four Test matches. The team for the tour was announced on Monday (October 26) in which Rohit Sharma was omitted due to injury. He is suffering from a hamstring injury and also missed his last few matches for Mumbai Indians. Kieron Pollard is leading the team in his absence.
Meanwhile, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) named KL Rahul as vice-captain of the limited-overs sides in the absence of Rohit Sharma.
At the same time, Rohit Sharma’s fans are disappointed and angry with the BCCI’s decision of not including him in the squad for Australia tour especially when Rohit Sharma was seen batting at the nets during MI’s training sessions, and the fact that Mayank Agarwal – who has also missed the past two games for Kings XI Punjab due to an injury – was included in the squads for all three formats.
Former India wicketkeeper Deep Dasgupta is also unhappy with the BCCI’s decision and said, it makes no sense to see Rohit sitting out if he plays the IPL going forward.
“Rohit still hasn’t played any game in a while now, but I guess if he is fit to play for the Mumbai Indians then he will be part of the national team. But what I know is that he is still 50:50, although he has just started to bat in the nets,” Dasgupta said in an interaction on Sports Today.
“I guess it is just a matter of time. As soon as he is fit to play a game or a few games, then he will be ready. It is a hamstring issue and you don’t want to include someone who is not 100 per cent fit.”
Dasgupta is disappointed with KL Rahul’s vice-captaincy in the absence of Rohit Sharma by the BCCI. He further said that BCCI’s decision to announce KL Rahul as the team’s vice-captain in Rohit’s absence could have been kept on hold until more clarity was obtained on the suitability of the team.
“If Rohit is fit, he has to be there. There is no doubt about it. Maybe Mayank Agarwal’s injury is not as serious and therefore his name is included. But a fit Rohit Sharma has to be included in the team,” he said.
“Maybe announcing the vice-captain could have been on hold. They could have waited for Rohit’s injury details for another week, and then gone ahead with it [declaring the vice-captain].”