India vs Australia Rohit & Ishant doubtful : Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma have been ruled out of the first two test matches. Both are currently at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru under rehab – but team management in Australia is clueless about the progress they are making.
According to the sources in NCA, both are yet to be cleared to board the flight to Australia and still their is a question mark on duo’s match-fitness.
The 14-day hard quarantine rule is another big hindrance due to which they are all but out from the first two test matches of the series – Once in Australia both will have to be in quarantine for 14 days and post that will be allowed to start training.
Rohit, who suffered a hamstring tear during the IPL, is understood to be a while away from full fitness and it could take him another two weeks of rehabilitation to get to “70 or 80% fit.
“Such is the situation that even if they leave tom they can’t play the first few matches, series for them is doubtful’, said one of the BCCI official to InsideSport.
India Tour of Australia : Ravi Shastri & team management in Australia clueless about duo’s status
InsideSport has reliably learnt that neither BCCI nor anyone from NCA has communicated with Coach Ravi Shastri about the status of Rohit and Ishant’s availability.
The situation made Shastri to say, “He (Rohit) was never going to play the white-ball series, they were just looking to see how long he needed the rest, because you can’t afford to be resting for too long. If you need to play in the Test series or any red-ball cricket, you’ve got to be on the flight in the next three or four days. If you aren’t, then it’s going to be tough.
“It’s a similar case (Ishant’s injury) to Rohit. You don’t really know how quickly he’ll be available to fly out. Like I said, if anyone has to play in the Test series, he has to be on the flight in the next four or five days. Otherwise, it’s very difficult,” Shastri told ABC Sports.
Shastri and captain Kohli are not too amused by the lack of communication by anyone from BCCI on the issue. InsideSport tried reaching out to BCCI Sec and other officials but they stayed incommunicado.
India vs Australia : Team management want Shreyas Iyer to be included in the test team as cover for Rohit
Rohit has scored 556 runs, including two centuries and a double century, in his last five Tests after he started opening the innings and if he can’t make it – it will be a big blow for team India. With the availability of Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma for the first Test in Australia becoming uncertain by the day, the Indian team management is planning to request BCCI to include Shreyas Iyer in the test squad.
Though it will be ultimately BCCI’s selection committee which will take the call on any replacement for Rohit or Ishant – but team management is likely to request for Iyer to stay back after completion of the white-ball tour.
Meanwhile, the Indian team management is also contemplating retaining a fast-bowler from the white-ball squad for the Tests as a cover for Ishant who is struggling with rib cage injury., However, it is yet to be seen who will be the top contender for the position.
The final decision on Rohit and Ishant’s availability can come in on today.