Ind vs Aus Test series- Rohit Sharma reaches Australia: Finally!! Rohit “Hitman” Sharma has landed in Down Under for the Test series. The Indian batsman had left for Australia in the early hours of Tuesday to play the third Test in four-match series against Australia.
Rohit shared a picture with his fans on Instagram from inside the flight with a thumbs up to inform that he is now in Australia. He will now be put in a 14-day quarantine as per COVID-19 protocol after which he will be put to another fitness test. The Indian vice-captain needs to clear it, in order to be in contention for selection for the Sydney Test starting January 7.
While the initial thought was that Rohit would travel to Australia with the rest of the squad and continue working on his hamstring with the Indian physios, he headed home to be with his ailing father. The opener headed to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru post-Diwali to undergo rehab with the physios at the NCA.
The physios at the NCA gave him a clean chit on Friday and the BCCI sent out an official release on Saturday saying that while he is ‘clinically fit’ to head to Australia, he will continue to work on his endurance during his quarantine period there.
“Team India batsman Rohit Sharma has completed his rehabilitation process at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru and is now clinically fit. He has been rehabilitating and training at NCA since 19th November following a high-grade left hamstring injury suffered during the Indian Premier League (IPL).
“The NCA medical Team was satisfied with the physical fitness of Sharma after assessing him on different metrics that tested his skills related to batting, fielding, and running between the wickets. Sharma’s physical fitness has been satisfactory, however, he will be required to continue work on his endurance.
“He has been given a detailed programme to follow for the duration of the two weeks he will be quarantined for. He will be reassessed by the Team India medical team post his quarantine to establish his fitness status and a call on his participation in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy will be taken accordingly,” the BCCI release said.
With the third Test set to get underway from January 7, Rohit should be ready to be a part of the game at the Sydney Cricket Ground.