IPL 2020 vs India tour of Australia : Mumbai Indians (MI) captain Rohit Sharma on Tuesday said that his hamstring was fine, though he was out for a seven-ball four runs in his team’s 10-wickets defeat to SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH). Sharma was returning to lead the ream after four matches, owing to the injury that became the centre of controversy.
Sharma, however, stayed on the field for the entire duration of the SRH innings at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
“I was happy to be back; it’s been a while. I was going through some tough times, but [it is] good to back,” Rohit said after the match. “I’m looking forward to playing few more games here and then see what happens. Always nice to be on the ground doing what I love to do.
When commentator Mark Nicholas asked him if his hamstring was “completely fine”, Rohit replied: “Ya, absolutely!”
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Sharma took the field on Tuesday, despite Indian cricket board president Sourav Ganguly saying that the MI captain was injured and that his injury was being monitored. The contrasting statements surrounding Sharma’s injury has raised eyebrows.
Apparently, due to the injury, Sharma was not picked in any of the three Indian squads selected for this month’s tour of Australia. There has, however, been no explanation from the selectors.
Cricket activist Sanjeev Gupta on Tuesday shot off an email to the Apex Council member of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), questioning Ganguly’s “knowledge” of affairs and appealed the council to immediately “get the matter investigated and take stringent action for the said austere lapse”.
Ganguly had told a section of the media that Sharma was being monitored and once fit, he would be picked for this month’s tour of Australia. He had also insisted that the Mumbai batsman was unfit which was why he was not selected for the tour.
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It seems either things are not well between Rohit and BCCI or they are not on the same page because of some other reason. The cricket fraternity and fans are left asking – how Rohit is fit for IPL 2020 and not for the tour of Australia
Just a few hours ago before Rohit came out for toss, Sourav Ganguly spoke to the media and clearly said that Rohit is injured and that’s why we did not select him for the tour of Australia.
“Rohit is injured at the moment. Otherwise, why would we leave out a player like him? He is the vice-captain of the national (limited-overs) team,” Ganguly told PTI in an exclusive interview.
And here Rohit is playing the IPL match against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
The Indian batsman had been out of action since the second leg fixture against Kings XI Punjab due to a left hamstring tear due to which he was left out of the Indian squad for the two-month-long Australian series.
Moreover, the SRH game is insignificant to MI as it had already qualified for the IPL 2020 playoffs. This unexpected return to the playing XI has put a lot of questions on BCCI and selectors ahead of India tour of Australia.
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The BCCI president had said that BCCI “will have to assess him”. It again shows how, The former Indian captain was clueless about Sharma’s latest injury update. The episode has once again brought the lack of transparency into highlight which Indian great Sunil Gavaskar had earlier pointed about.
“Rohit is injured at the moment. Otherwise, why would we leave out a player like him. He is the vice-captain of the national (limited-overs) team,” Ganguly said. “We will have to assess him. I don’t know (when he can come back). He hasn’t played so far since the time he has got injured. We want him to recover. It’s the BCCI’s job to get their best players on the park. If he recovers, he plays,” he added.
The question now is will BCCI re-assess its decision and include Rohit for the India tour of Australia or will they wait for IPL to end before taking a final call?