The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly on Saturday provided more clarity on Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma's injuries ahead of the Australia series by and made it very clear that they will do all they can to get both the superstar players fit and ready before the Test series.
India is scheduled to play 3 T20Is and 3 ODIs in Australia from November 27 before the four-match Border-Gavaskar Test series from December 17 but their remains a doubt over the availability of two of its biggest players in Rohit and Ishant.
Delhi Capitals pacer Ishant was ruled out of the IPL 2020 with a rib injury. He did not feature in the tournament even before the official announcement was made on October 12.
Rohit on the other hand, suffered a hamstring injury during IPL 2020 last month due to which he missed 4 games and was subsequently, not named in either the T20I, ODI or Test squad for the Australia tour. KL Rahul has been named the vice-captain of the white-ball teams in Rohit's absence.
But Rohit made his comeback for the Mumbai Indians on the very same evening when the Indian squads were announced. This led to confusion among cricket fans and pundits as Rohit himself claimed to have recovered from his injury even though he wasn't picked by the national selectors.
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Ganguly however, set the record straight by saying that everything is being done to make sure that Rohit and Ishant both play the Tests in Australia. He even revealed the date which has been set for Ishant to get back to bowling at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru under Rahul Dravid.
ISHANT TO BOWL AT NCA ON NOVEMBER 18
"Fingers crossed for Rohit Sharma, Ishant's injury is not that serious. Rahul Dravid at the NCA is monitoring him they are working on his fitness. He will be back to bowling on November 18 which is not far and the Test matches begin from December 17, which is a month away from that.
"But BCCI has come out with this new rule that for a fast bowler, if he is going back to Test cricket after an injury, he has to play a four-day game and prove his fitness before playing a Test match. Ishant will get 2 four-day games in Australia before the Test series. He will travel with the team to Australia, we will sort out the logistics," Ganguly said.
The former India captain also put an end to all the controversies surrounding Rohit and Ishant's team selection by saying that the BCCI's priority has always been to make sure that players get on the field in time.
"All must understand... The biggest job of everyone, whether its the board president, NCA head Dravid, Team India coach Ravi Shastri or captain Virat Kohli, it is to get players on the park not off it. And that's what our job is. A player may be injured now but if he recovers 7 days later he plays.
"I see a lot of reports going on saying 'what's the hurry, why is he been picked now, why somebody else has been picked?'. It doesn't matter. If your best player is fit, he goes and plays. Today if Virat Kohli says 'I'm fit' won't it be stupid to leave him in Mumbai and not take him to Australia?
"As captains, coaches your itching that 'this is my marquee series' and I need him on the park. So you do everything to get him on the park. And BCCI will do everything to get Rohit on the park and see how it happens," Ganguly stated.