Australia vs India: Rohit, Ishant ruled out of two Tests
Senior Indian cricketers Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma have been ruled out of the first two Tests of the upcoming Border-Gavaskar series in Australia. The duo is presently undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. As per several reports, their chances of featuring in the final two Tests also remain bleak. Here is more on the same.
What is the current situation?
To be in contention for the third Test, Ishant will have to board a plane almost immediately. The 14-day hard quarantine rule in Australia means he can start training only after two weeks. Besides, Rohit can be cleared to travel only in the second week of December and will need two weeks of further rehabilitation, after which a final assessment can be made.
Shreyas Iyer might be added as cover for Rohit
Reportedly, the selectors could rope in middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer if Rohit gets ruled out. Iyer is already a part of Team India's white-ball squads for the tour. In 54 First-class games, Iyer has racked up 4,592 runs at of 52.18, including 12 centuries. He also has 748 ODI and 417 T20I runs, however, he is yet to make his Test debut.
'They should depart within next few days', said Shastri
Indian head coach Ravi Shastri recently gave an update about Rohit and Ishant. Considering the mandatory 14-day quarantine, the duo must board fly out in the upcoming week in order to feature in the Test series. "If you need to play, you've got to be on the flight in the next three or four days. Otherwise, it's going to be tough," said Shastri.
The duo has been training at the NCA
Recently, Ishant bowled a couple of long spells in Bengaluru. He was closely monitored by the chairman of selectors, Sunil Joshi, and the NCA chief, Rahul Dravid, among others. Meanwhile, Rohit also has been sweating it out to prove his fitness. He was earlier omitted from all three squads for the tour, however, the BCCI gave him a nod for the Test series.
Rohit had cleared the air on his injury
Recently, Rohit cleared the air over the controversy that erupted over his exclusion from all the three squads for Team India's Australia tour. He revealed his hamstring issue is fine and that he was constantly in touch with the BCCI.
Team management wants the two players to be fully fit
It has been learned that the team management wants Rohit and Ishant to be fully fit upon their arrival Down Under. Besides, they have also factored in the 14-day quarantine in Australia, which pertains to full confinement. The rest of Indian squad which earlier traveled from UAE was allowed to train under quarantine. However, the same privilege may not be given to the duo.