The debate over Rohit Sharma’s injury has been raged after his omission from the Indian squad for the tour of Australia. Rohit Sharma has sustained a hamstring injury in the just-concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. He even missed few games for Mumbai Indians and considering his situation, the selectors didn’t pick him in any of three formats for the Australia tour.
But after witnessing him in the last few games for Mumbai Indians, the selectors named him in the Test Squad which is scheduled to start from December 17 in Adelaide.
Rohit Sharma is currently in National Cricket Academy (NCA) and his availability in the 4-Test match series is still doubtful.
But even after his inclusion in Test Squad, the debate over his fitness and availability hasn’t stopped. The overall confusion and Virat Kohli coming out on the eve of the tour and saying that he had no information on Rohit’s injury situation, had made the matters worsen.
The former KKR captain Gautam Gambhir believes that this situation could’ve been easily avoided and only 3 people needed to be involved in clear communication.
“The Rohit Sharma situation could’ve been handled pretty easily since there wasn’t any need for too many people to get involved. Only the head physio, head coach and chairman of selectors were to be involved in the injury case. Had there been clear communication with the 3, it would’ve been enough. Of course, Virat Kohli was to get updated at every step through Ravi Shastri,” Gautam Gambhir said on Star Sports show Cricket Connected.
Former cricketer VVS Laxman also believes that the board could have handled the Rohit Sharma’s travel conditions better.
“Rohit Sharma is a very valuable player in Test matches. So I would’ve kept him in the chain, subject to fitness, would’ve definitely kept him in the picture. Secondly, you could’ve sent him with the team after that, keeping the quarantine rules in mind. Because there is a 14-day quarantine, in the soft quarantine since you have been in the bubble in UAE. Then you move to another bubble [in Australia]. In soft quarantine, you can practice, train with teammates, hit the gym.
But when you’re taking a commercial flight to Australia, you won’t be allowed to go out of your room and mingle and come in contact with people. So, I believe, the BCCI should’ve thought of this in hindsight,” Laxman said on the show.