With the Indian cricket team finally making a return to international games after spending the better half of the year keeping away from the coronavirus pandemic, the BCCI has somehow managed to enrage a lot of fans by not including Rohit Sharma in the rosters for any of the three formats of the game against Australia.
This may very well be because of the hamstring injury Sharma suffered during the ongoing Indian Premier League tournament in the United Arab Emirates. However, the reports that came in during the last two Mumbai Indian matches, it was believed that his injury wasn’t that severe and that he should be back on the field in no time.October 26, 2020
But judging by the fact that his name is not even mentioned in the squad list for a tour that is more than a month away, many cricket experts including Harsha Bhogle and Sunil Gavaskar have raised concerns about Rohit Sharma’s health.
And as if the absence of Sharma’s name from the list wasn’t enough, the Indian cricket board took no buffer time before announcing opening batsman and wicket-keeper KL Rahul as their new vice captain for limited overs cricket, a role Sharma had played for a couple of years ahead of the Australia tour.
Its not that important whether he will be part of squad or not, important is kl Rahul is vice captain and he will continue for complete series.— Arvind Nikam (@nikam_arvind) October 28, 2020
Former Indian cricketer Deep Dasgupta in an interaction with Star Sports talked about how the BCCI could have allowed the dust to settle a little on Sharma’s injury reports before announcing Rahul as their second in command next to Virat Kohli.
He said:“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.
“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 percent fit.” View this post on Instagram
Official Statement: Rohit Sharma has suffered left leg hamstring strain during Mumbai Indians’ last outing. Rohit has made good progress over last four days, while the management is taking one day at a time monitoring the recovery process in consultancy with BCCI. . Rohit has been advised rest for the match against CSK today. Kieron Pollard will lead the team tonight. . #OneFamily #MumbaiIndians #MI #Dream11IPL @rohitsharma45
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Dasgutpa added:“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].”
While Rohit Sharma fans were venting their frustrations on social media, and cricket analysts busy making sense of the whole situation, the cricketer himself decided to have a nice walk on the beach, spend some quality time with his family.View this post on Instagram
A post shared by Rohit Sharma (@rohitsharma45) on Oct 27, 2020 at 9:55am PDT
That’s the kind of confidence we need in our lives. To be carefree of the predicament he is in right now, believing and knowing that once things are better, he’d be right where we were, winning games for the country.