Pragyan Ojha, the former Mumbai Indians spinner questioned the BCCI’s selection policy after they excluded Rohit Sharma’s name from the T20I, ODI and Test teams for the upcoming Australia tour.
Kieron Pollard-led MI in their last 2 games which Rohit Sharma missed due to his injury and the latter’s name was missing from all 3 Indian squads for the Australian tour. KL Rahul has been named India’s limited-overs vice-captain in Rohit Sharma’s absence.
Pragyan Ojha: Rohit Sharma May Eventually Make It To Each Format If He Gets Fit In Time
Former Mumbai Indians left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha on Tuesday questioned the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) selection policy after controversy erupted over hitman Rohit Sharma’s availability for India’s upcoming tour of Australia next month where India will play 3 ODIs, 3 T20Is and 4 Tests.
Rohit Sharma has not been named in either of the T20I, ODI or Test sides after suffering a hamstring injury on October 18 in the match against Kings XI Punjab. He missed Mumbai’s last two matches due to this reason but was seen hitting the nets just hours after India’s squad announcement.
BCCI rules state that any player who is carrying an injury cannot be considered for selection immediately. BCCI said that in a statement that both Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma will be monitored by the board which basically means that if they recover completely in time then they can travel to Australia and join the Indian contingent.
But Pragyan Ojha questioned this policy especially when the BCCI selectors named Mayank Agarwal in all the 3 Indian squads despite him carrying a similar hamstring injury.
“I was a bit surprised because there is Mayank Agarwal as well who is injured, has a hamstring issue but he still makes it to the team. I believe Rohit Sharma will make it to all the 3 Indians teams because he will not only be the part but has the ability to dominate in Australia and can make a difference,” Ojha said on Sports Today.
“Not only did BCCI not include Rohit’s name, but also handed over the limited-overs vice-captaincy to him in the Hitman’s absence.” Ojha was further puzzled with this development as he asked what will the board do if Rohit gets fit in time and joins the squad Down Under
The 33-year-old Rohit Sharma is an Indian international cricketer who plays for Mumbai in domestic cricket and captains Mumbai Indians in the IPL as a right-handed batsman and an occasional right-arm off-break bowler. He had played in 364 international matches (32 Tests, 224 ODIs, 108 T20Is) and scored 39 tons (6 Tests, 29 ODIs, 4 T20Is). Pragyan Ojha was puzzled not to see Rohit Sharma’s name in any squad.
Pragyan Ojha: Confusion Is Created As KL Rahul Handed Vice Captaincy
Rohit Sharma is a vital member of the Indian team and is even India’s vice-captain in limited-overs format. But for the Australian tour, vice-captaincy was assigned to wicket-keeper KL Rahul in white-ball cricket. Pragyan Ojha feels confusion may be created if Rohit Sharma comes back.
“Suddenly if you have given the vice-captaincy to KL Rahul, and Rohit comes into the team then why create that confusion? It is something very unnecessary when your going for a big tournament or series.”
“Rohit is not a rookie, he is the most important member of the team. If you tell me Mayank is not part of the team because of a hamstring injury, I can take it. But as a cricket fan or a person who tries to read the game, it is very unlike what has happened. You could have taken some time and announced the team little later if you are so confused about Rohit Sharma. But there is lot of confusion.”
“Rohit is not there in any team, Mayank Agarwal is there in all 3 sides despite being injured. And the other thing is that you have given the vice-captaincy to KL Rahul, when you do certain things there are consequences. It’s like you are creating a confusion which is not required,” Ojha said.
KL Rahul made his international debut in 2014 and scored his maiden Test century in his second Test match. He became the first Indian to score a century on One Day International debut and became the third Indian to score a century in all three formats of international cricket.