A lot has been said and written about the way the BCCI dealt with the issue of Rohit Sharma’s hamstring injury in the past week since the announcement of Team India for the Australia tour.
Rohit Sharma was not named in either of the three squads because of his injury and KL Rahul was declared as the vice-captain of the ODI and T20 series.
Several fans and former cricketers had argued that the BCCI could have dealt with the issue better, with various contradictory statements regarding Sharma’s injury emerging from the BCCI and the Mumbai Indians camp.
Eventually, the matter over his fitness was settled after Rohit Sharma took to the field in Mumbai Indians’ last group stage match against the Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday.
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar feels that it is time to put the controversy behind and what matters the most right now is that Rohit Sharma is fit to play for India in Australia.
“Whatever has transpired earlier with regards to his Rohit’s injury, keeping that aside, I would say that this is great news for Indian cricket that Rohit Sharma is fit,” Gavaskar told Sports Tak.
BCCI’s concern on Rohit injury was a valid one, says Gavaskar
However Gavaskar also added that the concern shown by the BCCI was a valid one.
“Look, the concern shown by everyone collectively that there could be a rupture if he hurries his return to cricket is a valid one. Sometimes with a muscle injury you are not sure when it can recur. So, it is understandable to take time in such matters.
“But Rohit looks fit and confident and that is what matters now. He fielded at the boundary ropes and also in the 30-yard circle.
“He played the match to show that he is fit but if BCCI wants to test his fitness again, then there is nothing wrong in it. Because they want to check if he is fully fit or not. May be, he will be monitored. Normally, when you come back from injury, you need to play a few matches as match fitness determines your fitness status,” Gavaskar added.