A piece of good news is coming for team India ahead of the most-anticipated 4-Match Test Series against Australia, starting from December 17 in Adelaide. The star opener of Team India, Rohit Sharma, who sustained a hamstring injury during the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League, has cleared the fitness test at National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.
“He (Rohit) has passed the fitness test and the future course of action will be decided by the BCCI and the selection committee,” the source in the know of developments said as quoted by Yahoo Cricket.
The 33-year-old has suffered a hamstring injury while playing against Kings XI Punjab in the just-concluded IPL Season and thus failed to travel with the team India for the all-important Australia series from UAE.
Rohit Sharma Likely to Feature in The Final Two Tests in Australia
Now it has been confirmed that Rohit Sharma will fly to Australia for the most-awaited 4-Match Test series. However, Rohit Sharma will have to serve the mandatory 14-day quarantine period upon reaching Australia, which indirectly means that he will be available for the third Test which starts in Sydney from January 07.
The BCCI had earlier informed of adding Hitman for the Test series once he regains full fitness after ruling him out for the limited-overs series.
“The BCCI Medical Team has been monitoring Rohit Sharma’s fitness and has briefed All-India Senior Selection Committee on the same. In consultation with Sharma, it has been decided to rest him for the ODIs and T20Is in Australia to regain full fitness and he has been included in India’s Test squad for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy,” the BCCI said in a release on November 9.
Notably, the Indian skipper Virat Kohli will miss the last 3 Tests of the 4-Match Test series as he will fly back to India to be with his wife Anushka Sharma who is going to give birth to their first child in January. Kohli, however, had already taken the paternity leave from the Board. In such a case, Rohit Sharma’s presence in the team will surely boost the confidence of the team.
India will play the first Test in Adelaide starting from the 17th of December. It will be a day-night affair and will be played with the pink ball.