Rohit Sharma defends his decision to back out of the limited-overs series against Australia

Rohit Sharma
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Ever since the BCCI has announced the squad for the upcoming series against Australia, exclusion of Rohit Sharma due to injury made several eyebrows. It became worse when he successfully led Mumbai Indians to its record-fifth IPL title. Although he has been added in the Test squad, he wouldn’t play in the limited-overs. However, he is currently doing strength and conditioning work at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.


“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 BCCI and Mumbai Indians,” Rohit said to PTI. “I told them (Mumbai Indians) 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 focussing on what I needed to do.”

“Hamstring is feeling absolutely fine. Just started the process of getting it nice and strong. Before I play the longer format, I absolutely needed to be clear in mind that there is no stone that is left unturned, that’s probably the reason, I’m at the NCA,” Rohit added. “So for me, it was not a concern what x, y or z was talking about like whether he would make it to Australia.”

However, he added that he was trying to figure out what he could do in the next 10 days. Meanwhile, his injury was changing too and he was confident to play for Mumbai in the last few games during the IPL 2020. He also admitted that if there was any discomfort, he won’t be playing the playoffs as well.

“Of course, 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 6 games in 11 days,” Rohit Sharma said. “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.”

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