India’s pacer Ishant Sharma has been ruled out of the Australia tour, Board Of Control for Cricket In India announced it in a release on Thursday, November 26. Rohit Sharma is also in NCA along with the right-arm pacer, the Indian Vice-captain is recovering from his hamstring injury which he picked up during the Indian Premier League, he will be next assessed on December 11. Rohit’s participation in the Test series will be ascertained after the assessment. T Natarajan who played for Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2020, who is also a part of India’s T20 squad has been added as a back-up for Navdeep Saini, who is having minor issues regarding back spasm.
“Ishant has recovered completely from his side strain injury sustained during IPL 2020 in the U.A.E. While he’s building up his workload to achieve Test match fitness, Mr Ishant Sharma has been ruled out of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy,” BCCI said in its statement.
The BCCI also opened up that Rohit travelled back to India after the IPL finals to visit his ailing father.
“Mr Rohit Sharma had to come back to Mumbai after the IPL to attend his ailing father. His father is now recuperating well and that has allowed him to travel to the NCA and start his rehabilitation,” read the release.
Earlier on Thursday, Virat Kohli revealed there wasn’t any clarity as to why Rohit had not travelled with the team to Australia after playing the IPL final.
BCCI revealed about Ishant, the pacer has recovered fully from the side strain he sustained during IPL 2020 and “he’s building up his workload in order to achieve Test match fitness”.
Ishant has been ruled out of the four-match Test series that begins on December 17 in Adelaide. Earlier, Kohli also added “playing the waiting game” on the information of Rohit’s injury.
“Before the selection meeting, we got a mail that he is unavailable, that he has picked up an injury during the IPL. It said that the pros and cons of the injury were explained to him and he understood and he was unavailable,” Kohli said.
The skipper further added, “After that (the selection meeting) he played in the IPL and we all thought he would be on that flight to Australia and we had no information on why he is not travelling with us. There has been no information, there has been a lack of clarity”.
“We have been playing the waiting game,” said Kohli.
India tour of Australia commences from November 27, this will be team India’s first international bilateral series since March 2020. The series Down Under will consist of 3 T20Is, 3 ODIs and 4 Test Matches.