Sourav Ganguly, the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has given an update on Rohit Sharma’s unavailability for the tour of Australia. Rohit Sharma has injured himself while playing against Kings XI Punjab in the IPL. This is the reason why is excluded for the Test, ODI and T20I series on the Australian tour.
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.
Rohit has not played last few matches for Mumbai Indians (MI). Kieron Pollard was seen leading the team in his absence and already taken the team to the Qualifier 1 in Dubai.
Meanwhile, Sourav Ganguly reckoned that Rohit Sharma can be picked for the tour if he attains the desired levels of fitness. He also gave an update on Ishant Sharma’s availability, who was also injured and ruled himself out of the tournament (IPL 2020), will get into the Test team. Ganguly mentioned that the duo can be sent later as flights to Australia are available.
“We are monitoring Ishant and Rohit. Ishant is not completely out. He will become a part of the Test series. With Rohit, we want him fit for Australia. At some stage if he is fit, I am sure the selectors will rethink his position,” Ganguly said.
Ganguly feels that India’s task won’t be easy as Australia’s batting has been strengthened with the inclusion of David Warner, Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne. But as per Sourav, India has the pace attack to rattle the star-studded Aussie batting lineup.
“Australia in Australia is always tough. They will be a lot stronger with Smith and Warner back. Players like Labuschagne have become better. It will be a good test for India, but they are capable of winning. It will be a good series. It’s a 50-50 chance for both teams. Runs on the board will be important. Whoever bats well will win the series,” he stated.
“India has a pace attack to match Australia. There is (Jasprit) Bumrah, (Mohammed) Shami, (Navdeep) Saini. The attack is as good as Australia’s,” Ganguly added.
All the players of India and Australia will fly directly to Australia after the completion of the 13th edition of Indian Premier League.