Rohit Sharma is set to join the Indian test team on 30th January and he will be available for selection in the team for the third and fourth Test match between India and Australia. A lot of speculations have already started regarding the hitman’s return and his probable position in the team. In the meantime, famous cricket analyst Boria Majumder has made an interesting revelation regarding Rohit’s reason for missing the earlier half of the Australia tour which has got the eyeballs rolling.
As reported by renowned sports journalist Boria Majumdar, Rohit returned to Mumbai from UAE to see his father – who had contracted the COVID-19.
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“Rohit came to Mumbai with the Mumbai Indians because his father had Covid. That is the reality which is why he had to go back to Bombay. After that, if he did not want to play the red-ball series, there was no reason for him to travel to the NCA and he could have easily stayed back in Bombay with Ritika and family and enjoyed the fruits of success. So there’s absolutely no reason to say that Rohit did not want to play the red-ball series.”
It was Boria Majumder who had cleared up the confusion regarding Rohit’s injury during the beginning of the Australia tour. He had earlier quoted, “Ishant Sharma is slightly ahead of Rohit Sharma in terms of fitness. Rohit’s about 75-80% fit, Ishant is about 85% fit at this point in time.”
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“Am putting this on record that the formal request has been made by Saurav Ganguly and the BCCI to their counterparts in Cricket Australia (CA) and they are awaiting a response from Cricket Australia as to what they say on the formal request.”
“If the permission is granted and the two players clear their Covid tests then the whole scenario will change.”
Whatever the reason behind Rohit Sharma’s absence be, the good news is that the explosive opener is now back. However, Ajinkya Rahane will now have a tough time selecting his playing 11.
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Debutant Shubhman Gill has made a huge impact in his very first match. With knocks of 45* and 35* in two respective innings, the Youngster has made an impact and it would be tough to replace him. However, Mayank Aggarwal might in all possibilities be the one to be axed. The opener hasn’t had a decent form in the test series so far and Rohit Sharma will probably be replacing him.
It needs to be noted that Rohit Sharma does not usually play as an opener in the longer format of cricket. In the test, he prefers to play as a middle-order batsman. To fulfill this gap, Hanuma Vihari might be sent to play as an opener. But KL Rahul is waiting on the bench to get a chance too. Rahul has been in tremendous form this season and he would look to at least get a chance to prove himself in pink-ball cricket. But the Indian management looks comfortable with Hanuma Vihari and it would be thus unlikely for them to change to the winning team.
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Though it is still not certain in what kind of form Rohit Sharma is, one can only speculate that he can get the job done. He is one of the best in the world at present, though that it in the limited-overs’ format. Team India played really well in the second Test match. The good cricket that they put on display earned them a comprehensive win against the Aussies. The fans will now be hoping for more of the same.
There have been some really good cricket played in the recent series. However, this cricket news would have really gotten the Indian fans excited. They would be eagerly awaiting the return of The Hitman, who is now with the Indian team and ready to go. However, it will be interesting to see whether he features in the third Test match against Australia or not.