Rohit Sharma: The Indian white-ball vice-captain has sounded affirmative regarding his recovery from an ongoing hamstring injury.
India white-ball vice-captain Rohit Sharma, who is currently at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru, has put on record that he was constantly communicating with the BCCI and Mumbai Indians during the course of his hamstring injury in the recently concluded season of the Indian Premier League.
“I don’t know what was going on, to be honest, and what all were people talking about. But let me put this on record, I was constantly communicating with the BCCI and Mumbai Indians.
“I told them [Mumbai] that I can take the field since it is the shortest format and I will be able to manage the situation quite nicely. Once I made my mind clear, it was all about focusing on what I needed to do,” Sharma was quoted as saying by PTI in Bengaluru.
Being asked about the current status of his injury, Sharma said that his hamstring is “absolutely fine” and that he is working hard before flying to Australia for a four-match Test series.
“Hamstring is feeling absolutely fine. Just started the process of getting it nice and strong. Before I play the longer format, I needed to be clear in mind that there is no stone left unturned. That’s probably the reason I’m at the NCA,” Sharma said.
Rohit Sharma reveals why he is not part of India’s ODI and T20I team in Australia
With Sharma initially not part of the Indian team for the tour of Australia, there was a lot of conjecture around his omission. Lack of communication from the BCCI played the role of a catalyst as Sharma missed a few IPL 2020 matches before again resuming with his captaincy role.
Being asked about the same, Sharma mentioned that he was unperturbed about contrasting opinions coming from the cricket fraternity. The 33-year old player further mentioned that he had communicated to Indians about himself missing the playoffs in case of any discomfort.
“For me, it was not a concern what X, Y or Z was talking about like whether he would make it to Australia. Once the injury happened, the next two days all I did was to figure out what I can do in the next ten days – whether I will be able to play or not.
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“But every day, hamstring [degree of injury] was changing. The way it was responding was changing, so I was feeling quite confident that I could play and that is the communication that I had with MI at that point. I told them that I think I will be okay to play just before playoffs. If there is any discomfort, I won’t be playing the playoffs,” Sharma added.
Laying emphasis on some pending work on his hamstring, Sharma revealed why he is not part of the white-ball team but was subsequently added to the Test team.
“There is still some work that needs to be done on my hamstring. That’s why I didn’t go to Australia for the white-ball leg as there are back-to-back games. Around six games in 11  days.
“So I thought if I get to work on my body for 25 days, I can probably go and play the Test matches. So it was an easy decision for me and I don’t know why it became so complicated for others,” Sharma told PTI.