MI vs DC IPL 2020 Qualifier 1 : All eyes on Rohit tonite, will he fire ? Shikhar Dhawan ready to target him

MI vs DC IPL 2020 Qualifiers 1: Not only Dream11 IPL 2020 fans but the BCCI’s big-wigs along with the Indian cricket selectors will be glued to their television sets on Thursday. The excitement of the IPL 2020 Qualifier 1 notwithstanding, they rather will be keen to see how Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma’s hamstring withstand the pressure of playing IPL playoff.

Contrary to what BCCI or Indian selectors are maintaining till date about Rohit’s fitness, The Hitman has declared himself completely fit as he came out from no-where to play the last league game against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday. Just two hour before Rohit appeared in centre for the toss, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had declared that the Indian vice-captain is still recovering from the injury. This was after, the BCCI selectors had ignored including Rohit in the Indian team for the tour of Australia.

BCCI regime is surprisingly hellbent to claim that Rohit is still to be recovered. And on the other hand the concerned player and his franchise on number of occasions have declared that all is well with Rohit.

Just imagine, if the MI captain fires tomorrow, what kind of embarrassment it will inflict on the BCCI and the selectors ?

The questions are still being asked by many.

IPL 2020: Is everything okay between BCCI and Rohit Sharma?

The Indian batsman, took to the field the same day that Ganguly gave an interview about “assessing his injury”. This further stoked the controversy.

Cricket activist Sanjeev Gupta had written an email to the Apex Council member of 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”.

Moreover, this has also raised many questions over transparency between IPL franchise and BCCI. Furthermore, if Rohit’s fitness was being monitored and if there was a chance that he might recover in time to play some role in the limited-overs series Down Under, then why the rush to name a replacement vice-captain? Were the selectors aware that Rohit might not be fit in time for either the ODI or T20 series in Australia? And if so, why not just say so?

MSK Prasad, who was the previous chairman of the selection committee, however, played down the issue.

“What happens is that a report is tabled. Then the question arises: ‘Is he available, or if he is not, when he will be available? These are the things that come into picture. I don’t see anything wrong on part of selection committee. BCCI has not completely ruled them [Sharma and Ishant] out. Their fitness is monitored by BCCI medical team. Nothing wrong on Sharma’s part. He is trying to train and get himself fit,” Prasad told IANS.

“There is a tagline that mentions the BCCI is monitoring the progress of Sharma and Ishant. The BCCI has clearly mentioned that. Earlier, we used to do the same thing. Subject to fitness is what we used to do, only the terminology is different,” said Prasad, a former India wicket-keeper.

MI vs DC IPL 2020 Qualifiers 1 ; Rohit on target of his India parter Shikhar Dhawan

Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals is also not leaving any stone unturned taking advantage of Rohit’s situation and controvery surrounding him. DC opener Shikhar Dhawan who also happens to be Rohit’s Indian team opening partner is ready to hit Rohit hard.

‘Of course, we will try to take advantage. He is coming back from an injury, we will definitely take advantage [of anything lacking in him],’ Dhawan said.‘He is a very good batsman, my best wishes to him. But as his opposition we will think on the lines of what if his touch is not there or how his confidence is. As an opposition, we will keep an eye on all of that,’ said Dhawan while talking about his India opening partner with the media.