The fate of Indian cricketers which includes Rohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravindra Jadeja and Ishant Sharma will be at stake on February 7 when the cricketers undergo a fitness test ahead of the warm up matches and the all-important 2015 World Cup.
A top source from the Indian team management said
There will be a two-part fitness test of these four players. They will undergo a fitness test on February 7 and those who pass the test will then be examined in match situation against Australia the very next day. After that the team management will take a call. As of now, no one is going back home.
The source also added that Rohit Sharma is the most likely of the four players to be in time for the World Cup.
Rohit has recovered around 80 percent but same can’t be said about the others. Ishant has a knee injury while Bhuvneshwar is recuperating from ankle injury while Ravindra Jadeja is coming back from shoulder injury.
He also rubbished reports about the team spending time at a luxurious five-star resort in the outskirts of Adelaide. “The entire squad is staying at the Inter-Continental Hotel in Adelaide. Any information regarding spending time at a resort is baseless to the best of my knowledge. Inter-continental is the team hotel and the squad stayed here during the Adelaide Test match also,” he added.
It is very unlikely that Rohit Sharma will be ruled out of the tournament. But if he fails to recover, Murali Vijay is the likely contender to replace the opener. Injury to Jadeja means the doors are open for Yuvraj Singh to make a comeback into the Indian team. But the selectors might replace him with Robin Uthappa, who provides some stability to the batting order. AS a back-up for Ishant and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohit Sharma and Dhawal Kulkarni were asked to stay with the team even after the triangular series.