Rohit Sharma might miss the first T20I at Brisbane: Hectic scheduling might make the upcoming week really hard for Rohit Sharma.
Rohit Sharma, India’s opening batsman and vice-captain in limited-overs cricket, is all set to find himself in the middle of a hectic schedule this week. Proceedings are going to be tight for Sharma to the extent that he might end up missing the first T20I against Australia at Brisbane.
Sharma had last played for India in a T20I on November 11, following which he was scheduled to travel to New Zealand to play the first of the three Tests between New Zealand A and India A.
With the first Test starting from November 16, the four-day match is likely to go till November 19. Sharma will have to then travel to Brisbane in a bid to play the first T20I of India’s tour of Australia.
Originally not part of the India A squad, Sharma was a late addition after the selectors wanted to test the Test specialists ahead of the Test series in Australia. There are reports of Sharma pinning the likes of Hanuma Vihari into the Indian Test side if he does well in the match against New Zealand.
While that would be really harsh on Vihari, someone who scored his maiden half-century on debut in testing conditions at The Oval earlier this year and is waiting for another opportunity since then, it also questions the thought-process of the Indian selectors.
Speaking for Cricbuzz LIVE alongside Harsha Bhogle and Zaheer Khan, former India cricketer Ajay Jadeja pointed out the same. “If you look at Rohit Sharma after 10-12 years in international years and tell him that one game will decide whether you play in the Australia test, one game should not be the criteria. With players like Rohit, you either play them or don’t play them,” Jadeja said.
Talking about the scheduling, former India spearhead Zaheer Khan was of the opinion that Sharma might miss the first T20I. “Look, he [Rohit Sharma] miss the first T20I. It’s pretty hard. Travel does make you tired and taken that energy out. Because he hasn’t played in Australia, it is very difficult to get your head around,” Khan was quoted.
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Read some of the latest Twitter reactions on Sharma below:
Balls faced: 173
4s/6s: 33 & 9
Records broken: Numerous#OnThisDay in 2014, Rohit Sharma smashed the highest individual score in an ODI innings, against Sri Lanka in Kolkata. 👏 pic.twitter.com/GsU6LdWyKu
— ICC (@ICC) November 13, 2018
.@TheRealStanLee – you will be missed. No Marvel movie will be complete without you. Thank you for leaving us with some of the greatest heroes of all time. And giving me my favourite superhero #Hulk #RIP pic.twitter.com/wEHRK6XzSy
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) November 13, 2018
#OnThisDay in 2014, the Hitman was merciless against the Lankans, smashing a world record breaking 264 😲🤯😱🔥🔥🔥
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) November 13, 2018
🏏 @HIT_MAN ⚾
ROHIT_SHARMA’S carrer in the year 2018.
Rohit’s batting strategy is marvellous … 😮 … … And he has a good batting quality to control every bowler⚾ with his batting style.
AND HE WAS A BEST EVER BATSMEN IN #INDIAN_CRICKET_TEAM … pic.twitter.com/71bYZm8pwB
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) November 11, 2018