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Confusion swirls around Rohit Sharma’s fitness after exclusion from Australia tour

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by Wisden Staff 2-minute read

BCCI announced India’s limited-overs and Test squads for their upcoming tour to Australia but there was one glaring omission from all the three sides – Rohit Sharma.

The India opener, currently playing for Mumbai Indians at IPL 2020, has missed the franchise’s last two encounters after picking up a hamstring injury during their double super over defeat to Kings XI Punjab.

While it was presumed that Rohit missed out on a spot because of the injury with BCCI stating that their “medical team will continue to monitor the progress of Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma”, eyebrows were raised when Mumbai Indians posted a picture of him in the nets with the caption, “Hitman in action at today’s training.”

MI’s posts left many perplexed, including former India opener Aakash Chopra.

Sunil Gavaskar, who was commentating on the IPL clash between Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab when the squads were announced, called for more clarity from the BCCI. “We are talking about the Test matches, which are a month and a half away,” Gavaskar said on Star Sports.

“And if he is practising in the nets for Mumbai Indians, then honestly I don’t know what kind of injury it is. I think a little bit of transparency, a little bit of openness about what actually is the problem with him will help everybody.”

Harsha Bhogle, on the other hand, was left wondering whether being sidelined from the India squad due to injury concerns would mean the end of Rohit’s IPL 2020 campaign as well.

Fans, too, weren’t sure what to make of it all.

MI face Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore next, on Wednesday, October 28, and the situation could become much clearer or even more complicated depending upon Rohit’s selection or non-selection in their playing XI for the match.

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