Bengaluru, November 24: In what could be termed as a massive blow to Indian Cricket Team, senior players Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma have reportedly been ruled out of the first two Tests of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy between Australia and India, starting next month.
The fitness of Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma has been subjected to a lot of speculation after they were excluded from the India squad to tour Australia.
As per an ESPNCricinfo report, the duo will not be able to make it to the Australian shores on time, hence are set to miss the first two Tests. Their hopes of taking part in the last two Tests hinges on swift and decisive action from the BCCI.
It did not auger well for the BCCI as well as the selectors when Rohit played the IPL 2020 matches for Mumbai Indians after he was put under observation for a hamstring injury. Later, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly came up with a clarification that Mumbaikar was only 70 per cent fit and needs rehabilitation.
Ishant was ruled out of the IPL 2020 because of a rib cage injury while playing for Delhi Capitals. Rohit, later, was included in the Test squad. However, now it has come to such a passe that both Rohit and Ishant could miss the entire tour of Australia as they might not recover in time.
The first Test between India and Australia will be played from December 17 at Adelaide followed by matches at Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane with the series ending on January 19. It has been learnt that the National Cricket Academy (NCA) experts have conveyed to the BCCI, selectors and team management that Rohit and Ishant are in doubt to recover from their respective injuries for the Test series.
The team management in Australia had made it clear that both Rohit and Ishant should be allowed to travel for the series only if they achieve the fitness level prescribed for international matches.
India head coach Ravi Shastri too indicated as much while talking to the ABC Sports.
"Rohit 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 is going to be tough.
"Ishant's a similar case to Rohit. 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," said Shastri.