India are set to tour Australia for three ODIs, followed by three T20Is and the all-important Border-Gavaskar Trophy. The four-match Test series will be a stern Test for India as skipper Virat Kohli will eb heading back home after the first Test as he is awaiting the birth of his first child. However, due to the latest developments, things seem to become further difficult for India in the longest format. This is because the likes of Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma are likely to miss out on the Test series as they have not recovered in time according to reports from Mumbai Mirror.
Both Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma sustained injuries during the recently-concluded IPL 2020 season. While Ishant Sharma was ruled out of the tournament, Rohit made a comeback towards the end of the league stage and led the Mumbai Indians to their fifth IPL title. Both of them went to the National Cricket Academy to recover in time for the longest format against Australia. However, things look bleek at the moment for both of them.
The report in Mumbai Mirror mentioned, “A meeting of the experts of the NCA is understood to have taken place recently when the fitness status of the duo was discussed and then informally conveyed to the Board of Control for Cricket in India, national selectors and the team management. A formal communication is expected soon.”
Head coach Ravi Shastri had made it very clear that it was important for both Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma to be on the flight to Australia in the next four-five days due to the strict quarantine rules. However, the rehab reports do not seem to be encouraging and the writing seems to be on the wall that the duo are likely to miss out on the Test series.
“He’s going through some tests at the NCA and they’re obviously going to decide how long he needs to take a break. But things could get difficult if he’s asked to wait for too long, then you’re talking of the quarantine again, which might make it really tough for even him to come just in time for the Test series,” Shastri told ABC Sports.