Rohit Sharma missed out of the limited-overs campaign and the opening two Tests in Australia since he was recovering from a hamstring strain, he suffered during the Indian Premier League. He led Mumbai Indians to its record-extending fifth title.
Senior Indian opener, Rohit Sharma has joined Team India in Melbourne, ahead of the remaining two Tests in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy. He had earlier missed out on the limited-overs campaign, along with the opening two Tests, as he was recovering from a hamstring strain.
During the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL), he suffered the injury, which kept him out for five games. Although he did return for the playoffs, he was far from being 100% fit, as he was advised to undergo rest and rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), in Bengaluru.
It was earlier this month when he passed the fitness test and was cleared to travel to Australia. However, he could not join the squad for the second Test, as he had to undergo the mandatory 10-day quarantine.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shared a video on it's Twitter handle, as Rohit finished his quarantine and joined the team at the team hotel. The post was captioned, "Look who's joined the squad in Melbourne. A warm welcome for @ImRo45 as he joins the team #TeamIndia #AUSvIND".
Rohit is seen shaking hands and hugging with his team members: Cheteshwar Pujara, Umesh Yadav, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Siraj and batting coach, Vikram Rathour. Meanwhile, head coach Ravi Shastri asks him, "So how was your quarantine, my friend?"
As Rohit looks to be a part of the playing XI for the upcoming Sydney Test, Shastri had said on the same, quoting, "We will have a chat with him to see where he is placed physically, because he has been in quarantine for the last couple of weeks. We'll also see how he feels before we take the call."
As of now, it is being believed that Rohit is likely to get the nod for Sydney, while he is being backed to open along with young opener, Shubman Gill. Meanwhile, fellow opener Mayank Agarawal, who has failed to fire so far, is likely to be axed.
The four-match series is currently tied 1-1. India is the defending champion, having won the title on its previous visit, in 2018-19.
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Last Updated Dec 30, 2020, 7:06 PM IST