Rohit Sharma’s hamstring injury and rehabilitation at National Cricket Academy (NCA) has been one of the most talked-about subjects in Indian cricket in the last month or so. His availability for the 4 match Test series is also doubtful.
It is learnt from reliable sources that hitman opening batsman Rohit Sharma is working hard to get leaner and get back to shape besides recovering from hamstring injury incurred during IPL 2020 and trying to shed a few kilograms to lessen the chances of getting niggles soon.
Rohit Sharma To Be Assessed At NCA On December 11 While Pacer Ishant Sharma Ruled Out Of Test Series
Pacer Ishant Sharma was earlier ruled out of the 4 match Test series despite recovering from a side injury. In contrast, Rohit Sharma is slated to be reassessed at the NCA on December 11.
Times of India understands that his hamstring is fine currently at the moment, but he needs to have enough strength and fitness to sustain the pressure of playing challenging 5 days test cricket. The process at NCA currently is more about him ‘getting back in good shape’.
“Unless the physio gives a clean chit, a player can’t undergo a high-intensity fitness test. But if he is undergoing rehab on an injury in his lower body, he can work on his upper body’s conditioning and shed weight. A lighter upper body will ensure he doesn’t put much strain on the dodgy hamstring,” a BCCI source told TOI.
“Rohit doesn’t want to take any chance this time. He is very conscious about the fitness standards. He has been plagued by injuries in the last year. Then the lockdown happened before he got on with his IPL duties. He has been on the road for two years too. That didn’t really give him much of a chance to work on his fitness. Now, he wants to ensure he is in perfect shape and his body is ready to endure the rigours of non-stop cricket next year,” the source added.
On Sunday, Rohit Sharma posted pictures from NCA on social media Instagram and looked in much better shape than he was during the IPL 2020 where he led Mumbai Indians to record-breaking 5th title win.
Ishant Sharma’s Inclusion Objected By Team Management Keeping In Mind He Falsely Claimed To Recover From Injury In New Zealand Tour
Rohit Sharma had opted to play and lead Mumbai Indians in last three games including final in the business end of the IPL 2020 even as the Indian cricket board’s (BCCI) medical team stated that he was not fit enough to play for India in Australia a month later. He was not included in the limited-overs squad for 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is.
TOI has also learnt from sources that the Indian team management had objected to pacer Ishant Sharma’s inclusion since he had broken down after a Test in New Zealand earlier in 2020 after claiming to have recovered successfully from an ankle injury.
The Indian team management didn’t want to take that risk factor in Australian grueling conditions where Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Jasprit Bumrah and uncapped Mohammed Siraj will be the pacers.