Going by team India coach Ravi Shastri’s statement, for batsman Rohit Sharma and paceman Ishant Sharma to star in upcoming India vs Australia Test series, they will have to reach Australia within a week.
Shastri said while speaking to ABC Sport, “He’s (Rohit) going through some tests at the NCA and they’re obviously going to decide [for] how long he needs to take a break. But things could get difficult if he’s asked to wait for too long, [because] then you’re talking of the quarantine again, which might make it really tough for even him to come just in time for the Test series.”
Upon arrival, the cricketers have to complete the 14-day Quarantine period in light of the coronavirus pandemic. India is slated to play a three-day warm-up match on December 11. The Test series between the teams will kickstart on December 17.
Shastri said about Rohit, “He was never going to play the white-ball series, they were just looking to see how long he needed the rest because you can’t afford to be resting for too long. If you need to play in the Test series or any red-ball cricket, you’ve got to be on the flight in the next three or four days. If you aren’t, then it’s going to be tough.”
Both the cricketers are currently at NCA Bengaluru, undergoing recovery after sustaining injuries during the IPL 2020 tournament. The Mumbai Indians skipper suffered a hamstring injury, while Ishant Sharma, who could play only one match in the whole tournament, suffered an abdominal tear. Rohit, however, claims that he is feeling absolutely fine now, but his participation in the series seems shady due to his packed schedule. Ishant Sharma also cleared the fitness Test and got named into the provisional list of the squad and is working towards strengthening himself.
“It’s a similar case to Rohit,” Shastri reiterated. “You don’t really know how quickly he’ll be available to fly out. Like I said, if anyone has to play in the Test series, he has to be on the flight in the next four or five days. Otherwise, it’s very difficult.”