On Tuesday, November 3, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly made two big revelations about two Team India mainstays and their availability in the Australia tour. As BCCI announced the 3 squads for the upcoming tour of Australia, last week, it broke out a storm as the name of Rohit Sharma was missing.
The Mumbai Indians captain has not played a game since the franchise played a double Super Over battle against Kings XI Punjab. Meanwhile, Ishant Sharma was ruled out of the IPL 2020 with a left internal oblique muscle tear” in his rib cage. Consequently, even Ishant’s name was missing from the BCCI-named squads.
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has assured that the two are being monitored closely and the selectors would be eagerly looking forward to including the mainstays in the squads. While BCCI would ‘want Rohit to be fit for Australia’, Ganguly said “Ishant is not completely out” of the Australia tour.
"Hope so he's got a hamstring tear, that’s what was reported by the physio. But he’s a batsman not a fast bowler, We want him to recover because he is an asset for India," Sourav Ganguly told India Today.
"He along with Virat Kohli makes this side even stronger. I don’t know whether he will be fit for the white-ball cricket but fingers crossed both him and Ishant Sharma being fit for the Tests.
"Ishant Sharma would definitely be, and we are looking forward for Rohit to be fit for those 4 Tests. When you go to Australia you look forward to those Test matches, when you go to England you play white-ball cricket but its the Tests which you look forward to and it's the same thing in Australia.
"here's the Boxing Day Test, the New Year Test and now its the Pink Test or Day-Night Test. These are landmarks in cricketing history, you want to finish your career with a 100 at Lord’s, a 100 in the Boxing Day Test or a Pink Test. And I think these will always remain. I am looking forward to the Test series. We talk about ODIs and T20Is filling the stands but for me, this series will be about those 4 Tests.
"I hope Rohit is fit, I will not be able to pinpoint anything on his fitness. You will get a clearer picture in the next 7-8 days. Mumbai Indians are still due to play some matches in the IPL 2020. There is going to be a fitness test to some extent. If he has a tear, which has been reported by both the physios (India & MI), it will not be easy for him to come back straight away, especially now.
"But red-ball series he definitely has a chance to come back because I have seen it as a cricketer and a captain, your fast bowlers have come and said at times, ‘my hamstring is fine, quadriceps are fine’. But that match pressure, match tension and match nervousness are different. It actually makes your injury a bit more susceptible. Fingers crossed, you want Rohit Sharma to play because he is a tremendous player but we’ll wait and see.