Ishant Sharma, a speedy Indian bowler, has been banned from the Australian tour, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said in a statement on Thursday 26 November. Rohit Sharma, recovering from a hamstring injury he suffered during the Indian Premier League (IPL), will be reassessed on December 11. He is undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. Rohit’s participation in the test series will be determined after the evaluation. T Natarajan, who was part of the Indian squad Twenty20 International, was added to the squad of One-Day International as a backup for Navdeep Saini, who complained of back cramps.
“Ishant completely recovered from a side injury he suffered during IPL 2020 in the United Arab Emirates. While he is increasing his workload to be fit in the test match, Ishant Sharma has been excluded from the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, BCCI said in a release.
The BCCI release also revealed that Rohit had returned to India after the end of the IPL in the United Arab Emirates to be with his sick father.
“Mr. Rohit Sharma had to return to Mumbai after the IPL to come upon his sick father. His father is now in good shape, which allowed him to travel to the NCA and start rehabilitation, ”the release reads.
The discovery came in light of comments from India’s captain Virat Kohli, who earlier on Thursday said it was unclear as to why Rohit did not travel to Australia with the team after playing in the IPL final.
Regarding Ishanta, BCCI said the starter has fully recovered from the side load it suffered during IPL 2020 and “is increasing the workload to achieve test efficiency.”
However, Ishant has been sidelined from the four-match test series which begins on December 17 in Adelaide.
Earlier, Kohli said the team was “playing waiting” about Rohit’s injury.
“Before the selection meeting, we got the news that he was unavailable, that he was injured during the IPL. Wrote explained to him for and against the injury, he understood and was unavailable, Kohli said.
“After that (selection meeting) he played IPL and we all thought he was going to Australia and we had no information as to why he wasn’t traveling with us. There was no information, there was no transparency.
“We were playing a game of waiting,” Kohli said.
India play three ODI games against Australia on Friday, November 27, following their first leg at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
The ODI series will be followed by three T20Is and four tests.
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