Rohit Sharma’s injury management has intrigued Michael Vaughan. Former England captain believes that the real reason behind Team India’s batting mainstay exclusion from the Australia tour might not be an injury but his unfit figure. He opined that Rohit might not have met the standards of physical fitness set by the Virat Kohli led Indian team.
Fitness has become one of the most important factors for selection since Virat Kohli has taken leadership duties. The players have to pass the YoYo test, which helps to measure the fitness of a player, to be in India’s squad across all the formats.
Considering this, Rohit Sharma has been heavily criticised for his unfit figure during the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. Several former cricketers have taken a dig on him regarding his physical fitness. Michael Vaughan also believes that it might be the reason for Mumbai Indians’ skipper ouster from the Australia tour.
“From Ravi Shastri’s statement, it reads to me that they want him to get more conditioned in the body. Maybe he’s not quite as fit. We know the kind of bus Virat Kohli drives is a very fit one. If you are not part of the fit bus, you kind of get moved aside, does not matter who you are. That’s the matter, maybe he is not as fit as he could be,” Michael Vaughan said on Cricbuzz.
Michael Vaughan intrigued about the way Rohit Sharma’s injury has been handled:
Michael Vaughan believes that if Rohit features in the coming matches of IPL, he will be travelling to Australia.
“I am intrigued about the next week or so – how it plays with Rohit Sharma, if he does play, then surely he is going to Australia. I can’t see why he would not go to Australia if he is playing in the IPL.”
With selectors being not transparent over Rohit’s injury, Vaughan has pointed out that India has not managed the situation in the right manner.
“I am intrigued about the way it’s been handled. It’s very odd and strange that it’s not open and honest. It seems like it doesn’t need to be the way it is. It’s Rohit Sharma – if he’s injured, tell us he’s injured. That’s not a problem – players do get injured,” he said.
Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma returned to the field, on Tuesday, in the last match against SunRisers Hyderabad but was out after scoring nine runs. He had missed four matches because Mumbai Indians had stated that their skipper had sustained a hamstring injury in his left leg.