Indian opener Rohit Sharma has passed the fitness test at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru on Friday, according to a report.
The report from ANI further revealed that the “future course of action” following the passing of the test will be decided by the BCCI.
“He has passed the fitness test and the future course of action will be decided by the BCCI and the selection committee,” a source said, as per ANI.
Earlier, the BCCI updated the Test squad for the tour of Australia to add Rohit Sharma in the side, after initially leaving him out of the tour due to fitness concerns.
“The BCCI Medical Team has been monitoring Rohit Sharma’s fitness and has briefed All-India Senior Selection Committee on the same. In consultation with Sharma, it has been decided to rest him for the ODIs and T20Is in Australia to regain full fitness and he has been included in India’s Test squad for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy,” a BCCI statement read.
Rohit Sharma faced a hamstring injury during the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League. While the batsman returned to action in the tournament and eventually led his side Mumbai Indians to a record fifth IPL title, his exclusion from the limited-overs series in Australia raised certain eyebrows.
While the Team India players traveled to the Australia from the United Arab Emirates (venue for IPL 2020), Rohit returned to India and eventually reached NCA in the third week of November to complete his rehabilitation.
Indian captain Virat Kohli also broke silence on the situation surrounding Rohit Sharma ahead of the side’s ODI series against Australia. He revealed that there was no communication on the reason behind Rohit not traveling to Australia.
“Well, before we had the selection meeting in Dubai, we got a mail two days before which said that Rohit is unavailable for selection because of the injury he picked up during the IPL. It mentioned a two-week rest and rehab period, and it said that the pros and cons of the injury were explained to Rohit and he understood that,” Kohli had said.
“It was the information we got by mail but after that, he played in the IPL. We all thought that he would be on the flight to Australia which he wasn’t and we had no information whatsoever on the reason behind him not flying to Australia.”