A day before they picked the team for Australia tour, it is learnt that the Sunil Joshi-led selection panel was informed by Indian team physiotherapist Nitin Patel that Rohit Sharma will not be available for selection, The Indian Express reported on Tuesday (October 27).
When BCCI announced the Indian squad on Monday (October 26), a media release stated that the medical team will monitor the progress made by Rohit and Ishant Sharma.
However, Rohit hit the nets minutes after the team was announced and Mumbai Indians shared a video of his batting session on social media platforms.
The video came as a surprise for the selectors, who felt Rohit will miss IPL games in order to get fit for the Australia tour. The Indian team is slated to start their Australian tour on November 27. It remains to be seen if Rohit will be seen in action in the upcoming IPL fixtures.
According to the report, Nitin Patel had consulted two other specialist doctors on Rohit’s hamstring injury and both advised rest for three more weeks.
“Patel had submitted a detailed fitness report of every player. It’s a normal procedure where the Indian team physio informs the board and selection committee about which player is fit and which player is not. The selectors were informed that Rohit will not be available for selection due to injury. He even submitted two expert doctors’ advice who both said Rohit needs rest for two to three weeks,” a BCCI official told The Indian Express.
Meanwhile, the BCCI is optimistic that Rohit will regain full fitness and travel to Australia with the rest of the Indian team at the end of the IPL 2020.
Travelling with the team will also help Rohit to quarantine and stay in the bubble in Australia. Once fit, he can participate in the practice games and get match-fit, a luxury that won’t be available to him in India.
“The injury as of now is manageable. We are hopeful that he can travel with the team. He can continue to be in the bio- bubble with the team, in air-travel and in the Australian hotel. That’s the plan, still,” the source quoted as saying by The Indian Express.