Rohit Sharma has been ruled out of the first two Tests against Australia.  |  Photo Credit: BCCL
- Virat Kohli had slammed the BCCI for lack of clarity on Rohit Sharma’s injury status
- The Indian board released a statement on Thursday night giving an update on the matter
- It has been reported that travel plans are now being made for Rohit’s departure to Australia
Addressing the reporters ahead of the 1st ODI against Australia, Indian cricket captain shared his views on Rohit Sharma’s injury fiasco. Kohli highlighted how there was lack of clarity and communication on behalf of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in terms of the Mumbai batsman’s injury.
After Kohli’s press conference, the Indian board quickly sprung into action, giving an update on Rohit’s injury status and also explaining why he did not travel directly to Australia from UAE with the rest of the team.
“He is presently undergoing rehabilitation at the NCA. Mr Rohit Sharma’s next assessment will be conducted on December 11th following which the BCCI will have clarity on his participation in the upcoming Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Australia. Mr Rohit Sharma had to come back to Mumbai after the IPL to attend his ailing father. His father is now recuperating well and that has allowed him to travel to the NCA and start his rehabilitation,” BCCI said in a statement released late night on Thursday.
As reported by the Mumbai Mirror, Rohit will travel to Australia for the Test series and his travel plans are being made.
“Everyone was part of a conference call and things have been clarified. Rohit will go to Australia and his travel plans are being made,” a BCCI office-bearer told Mumbai Mirror and went on to explain that it was due to his father’s health that Rohit did not directly go to Australia. “His father had Covid and he is also a heart patient. Not everyone was aware of the problem… These are personal issues,” the office-bearer said.
Earlier, breaking his silence on the confusion surrounding Rohit’s injury, Kohli minced no words as he slammed the BCCI for lack of clarity with regards to Rohit’s injury.
“Before the selection meeting, we got a mail that he is unavailable, that he has picked up an injury during the IPL. It said that the pros and cons of the injury were explained to him and he understood and he was unavailable,” Kohli said.
After suffering a hamstring injury in IPL 2020, Rohit went on to play three matches for Mumbai Indians (MI), including the final where he scored a match-winning knock. Kohli went on to add that while Rohit returning to play for MI suggested he was fit, the BCCI did not inform the captain why Rohit did not travel with the team.
“After that (the selection meeting) he played in the IPL and we all thought he would be on that flight to Australia and we had no information on why he is not travelling with us. There has been no information, there has been lack of clarity. We have been playing the waiting game,” he added.
Kohli echoed the thoughts of the cricket fans and experts as he said the entire situation has been very confusing even for him.
“The only other information we got is that he is in NCA and he is being assessed and he will again be assessed on 11th December. It’s not ideal at all. It’s been very confusing and a lot of uncertainty and lack of clarity around the situation,” the skipper said.
As per BCCI’s latest statement, while senior pacer Ishant Sharma has been ruled out of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, T Natarajan has been added to India’s ODI squad after Navdeep Saini complained of back spasm.