The president of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Sourav Ganguly gave a fresh update on Rohit Sharma’s engagement in the Australian tour. Rohit has been a hot-button issue ever since his name was missing from the Test, ODI and T20I formats against Australia. This exclusion has come up, as the former has been inflicted with a hamstring injury during the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Rohit suffered an injury during the double Super Over game against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on October 18. Ever since then, he has been benched by the franchisee and Kieron Pollard has taken over the captaincy. MI, who are at the top of the table, have done quite well under Pollard’s captaincy and have grabbed a spot in the playoffs.

The fans are totally baffled on Sharma’s injury, as earlier, following the injury, he was benched, but then, was seen practising in the nets for MI. Post his practising session video, fans have been enraged for not seeing his name in the Australia tour when he is all fit to continue his training sessions. 

Recently, Ganguly mentioned that Rohit could be picked if he attains the desired levels of fitness. Moreover, he also hinted on former Indian cricketer Ishant Sharma’s injury and said that he will get into the Test team. Ganguly explicitly mentioned that the duo can be sent later as flights to Australia are available.

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“We are monitoring Ishant and Rohit. Ishant is not completely out. He will become a part of the Test series. With Rohit, we want him fit for Australia. At some stage if he is fit, I am sure the selectors will rethink his position,” Ganguly was quoted as saying in Hindustan Times.

Highlighting the strong Australian side, Ganguly said, “Australia in Australia is always tough. They will be a lot stronger with Smith and Warner back. Players like Labuschagne have become better. It will be a good test for India, but they are capable of winning. It will be a good series. It’s a 50-50 chance for both teams. Runs on the board will be important. Whoever bats well will win the series.” 

“India has the pace attack to match Australia. There is (Jasprit) Bumrah, (Mohammed) Shami, (Navdeep) Saini. The attack is as good as Australia’s,” he added. 

India’s tour to Australia will recommence India’s return to the international tournaments amid the coronavirus pandemic. India last played an international series in February during the tour of New Zealand.