Five Indian cricketers, who were seen in a video on Friday, dining in an indoor restaurant in Melbourne, have been placed in isolation as a preventive measure. The five players seen in the video are Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw and Navdeep Saini.
After all the confusion and controversy surrounding him, Indian opener Rohit Sharma left for Australia in the early hours of Tuesday. After serving his quarantine period Down Under, he is likely to be available from the third Test, which begins at Sydney on January 7.
The first test of the Border-Gavasker trophy between India and Australia is set to begin on the 17th of December, yet India aren’t too sure of the team combination they will be going ahead with, especially at the top. While Mayank Agarwal is a certain starter, there is some speculation over the batsman accompanying him. Let’s have a look at the players who might be donning the openers hat at some point during the four tests
Finally, in some good news for Team India on the Rohit Sharma front, the experienced batsman has cleared his fitness test at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. He is now likely to fly to Australia on December 14.
Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir feels that the entire controversy surrounding the Rohit Sharma fiasco could have been handled in a much better manner. Rohit was initially not selected in any of three squads for the tour of Australia. However, following the hullabaloo over his participation in the IPL 2020 play-offs, including the final, he was added to the Test squad.
Team India skipper Virat Kohli has admitted that there has been a lot of uncertainty over the availability of Rohit Sharma for the Test series in Australia, which starts from December 17. Rohit and Ishant Sharma, both of whom were injured during the IPL, did not travel to Australia from the UAE. It is now emerging that they could miss either the first couple of Tests, or even the entire series.
The Indian cricket team is currently in Australia for a long tour Down Under, which will feature three ODIs as many T20Is and four Tests. However, head coach Ravi Shastri conceded that Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma, both recovering from injuries, will need to reach Australia in the next few days.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli has decided to leave the Australian tour after the first test in Adelaide, in order to be present with his wife, as the pair are expecting their first child. That has created a sense of anxiety in the Indian camp, as his absence has not only created a huge hole in the side’s batting, but it also means that someone else will be leading the Indian team in whites, something that hasn’t happened in more than three years.
Team India’s limited-overs vice captain Rohit Sharma has finally opened up about the entire controversy surrounding his hamstring injury and the tour of Australia. In a interview to PTI, Rohit clarified that he was constantly in touch with BCCI over the status of his injury. Rohit, who top-scored for Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2020 final with 68, also asserted that he was always aware his injury was not series, and hence he would be able to take some part in the Australia series.