Rohit Sharma is an automatic starter in the Indian team in all formats of the game but was controversially dropped initially from all three Indian squads without explanation, says cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar.
Rohit Sharma, was, however, later added in the Test team by the national selectors for the four-match series, to be played between December 17 and January 19, after the issue aroused a major controversy. He has, however, been rested from the limited-overs white ball ODI and T20 series.
Sanjay Manjrekar: No Clarity On Rohit Sharma’s Fitness
Rohit Sharma is said to have a hamstring injury. Still, so far the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been silent on the nature of his injury even as it has given explanations about the other injured players. Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Wriddhiman Saha are also nursing injuries and are in doubt for Test series. Pacer T Natarajan has replaced injured spinner Varun Chakravarthy in T20I series.
“There’s zero clarity on the issue of Rohit Sharma’s fitness. I am sure there must a stand of BCCI and similarly that of Rohit. And when people don’t get information then speculation arise. So, I absolutely have no clarity whatsoever what’s going on there,” Manjrekar said while speaking on Pakistani YouTube channel CricCast.
Interestingly, Rohit Sharma, who apparently had a hamstring injury, turned out for Mumbai Indians (MI) franchise in the Indian Premier League (IPL) recently even as the national selection committee ignored him. Rohit Sharma led MI to its 5th IPL title on Tuesday. Sanjay Manjrekar vented his frustration as there was no clarity on Rohit Sharma’s fitness. Sanjay Manjrekar said speculations are bound to arise since there is a dearth of information.
Rohit Sharma Wasn’t Included In Any Of Three Squads Which Led To Speculations
The BCCI has given no reason behind his axing. At the same time, coach Ravi Shastri, and former India captains Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag, and Gautam Gambhir got involved in the controversy as they reacted negatively to the selectors’ decision to omit the right-hander.
The 32-year-old was first not included primarily in any of the three squads for the Australia tour due to a hamstring injury. However, later on, he featured in the playoffs of the just-concluded Indian Premier League where he led Mumbai Indians to their fifth title.
On Monday, while granting paternity leave to regular skipper Virat Kohli who will return to India after the first Test, BCCI named Rohit Sharma in the Test squad for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy consisting of 4 Tests starting December 17. The tour will start with 3 ODIs and as many T20Is from November 27.
The Indian players left the United Arab Emirates for Australia on Wednesday. But Rohit Sharma wasn’t part of it and would join the team only before the Test series.