India tour of Australia : Sourav Ganguly declares, ‘Rohit Sharma can be sent for Australia tour if he gets fit’

India tour of Australia : The Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly has declared that both Rohit Sharma & Ishant Sharma are not completely ruled out of the Australian tour. According to Ganguly, BCCI is monitoring their fitness and if declared fit they can fly to Australia at a later stage.

“We are monitoring Ishant and Rohit. Ishant is not completely out. He will become a part of the Test series,” he told Hindustan Times in an interview. “With Rohit, we want him fit for Australia. At some stage if he is fit, I am sure the selectors will rethink his position.”

With Rohit currently in the UAE with IPL table-toppers Mumbai Indians, and Ishant undergoing rehab in India, Ganguly said there was the option of flying the duo later than the rest of the squad to Australia, despite the bio-bubble and quarantine rules. “They can be sent later. There are flights to Australia, we can make them fly if they are declared fit.”

Rohit is recovering from a hamstring injury to his left leg, but his franchise remains hopeful of his participation in the IPL play-offs. Asked if the star batsman should be advised to drop out of the league so as to not aggravate his injury, Ganguly responded by saying: “We haven’t seen him playing.”

India’s Tour Of Australia : Ganguly feels this time Australia will be a much tougher opponent.

Sourav Ganguly also spoke about India’s chances on the Australia tour and according to former captain, this time the home team will be a much tougher opponent.

“Australia in Australia is always tough. They will be a lot stronger with (Steve) Smith and (David) Warner back. Players like (Marnus) Labuschagne have become better,” Ganguly said in an interview. “It will be a good test for India, but they are capable of winning. It will be a good series.”

“It’s a 50-50 chance for both teams. Runs on the board will be important. Whoever bats well will win the series,” the former captain added.

The Indian team is set to leave for Australia directly from the UAE after the completion of the Indian Premier League. The national team coaching staff, as well as Test specialists Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari has already arrived in Dubai to travel with the team to Sydney.