IPL 2020 SRH vs MI : Surprising everyone Rohit Sharma has made a comeback to the Mumbai Indians XI. Rohit who has been injured and wasn’t selected for the Indian team for the tour of Australia slated for the end of November is all of a sudden has got fit for the IPL 2020. The sudden development has left selectors and BCCI set up completely red-faced.
At the toss on Tuesday, when Murali Kartik asked Sharma whether “everything was fit and fine,” the Mumbai captain let out a short laugh and said: “Yeah, looks like that.” He was later dismissed for 4, off seven balls.
Sharma, who had not been named in any of the three India squads that were announced last week for the Australia tour, last played on October 18 against the Kings XI Punjab, where he suffered a left hamstring injury while finishing a run at the end of the first of the two Super Overs.
On October 23, the day Mumbai played against the Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai issued a brief statement saying Sharma ‘was making a good progress’.
The confusion around Sharma soared when soon after the announcement of the India squads, the Mumbai franchise put out a picture and then a video on their social media of Sharma batting in the nets on October 26. On Monday, Mumbai once again posted a video on their social media of Sharma batting, further adding to the intrigue over his absence from the Australia 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?