Rohit’s injury has been a topic of national debate. But Kohli made it clear that the Mumbai batsman’s injury management has been a bit ‘confusing’.
Rohit, who is still in India, nursing his hamstring injury at the National Cricket Academy NCA), was initially not named in any of the three squads for the tour due to the same injury. However, he was later included in the Test squad after he returned to action for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2020. But he was unable to fly with the Indian team, since he was three weeks away from full match fitness. But a 14-day quarantine (without training) would rule him out of the Test series.
“It’s been very confusing and there’s been a lot of uncertainty and lack of clarity around the situation [Rohit Sharma’s injury],” said Virat Kohli during the virtual press conference.
Responding to the media queries Kohli also said that Rohit was said to be unavailable before the selection committee meeting earlier this month.
“Before the selection meeting, we got a mail that he is unavailable, that he has picked up an injury during the IPL. It said that the pros and cons of the injury were explained to him and he understood and he was unavailable,” the Indian skipper said.
“After that he played in the IPL and we all thought he would be on that flight to Australia and we had no information on why he is not travelling with us. There has been no information, there has been lack of clarity,” Kohli said.
“We have been playing the waiting game,” he remarked.
Kohli said that just like Wriddhiman Saha, it would have been ideal for both Rohit and Ishant Sharma to do their rehab programme under national team trainer Nick Webb and physio Nitin Patel.
“Yeah, that would have definitely increased their chances of both of them playing Test matches,” referring to senior keeper’s injury management work with regards to his twin hamstring injury.
Kohli’s comments on lack of clarity and communication, only a week after Rohit said that he is confident of playing the Test matches in Australia, raise a question or two about how the BCCI has handled the entire issue. The Board is yet to officially comment on the matter.
“Someone like Saha is doing his rehab and we are aware of his progress and he is on the right path to be available in time to play Test series…It would have given them (Rohit and Ishant) a chance to get themselves fit from the start of the Test series,” Kohli said