Rohit Sharma’s fitness to be evaluated by the BCCI medical team

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The BCCI has recently announced the squad for their upcoming tour to Australia. With much surprise, Rohit Sharma hasn’t been included in the squad and this raised several eyebrows as he was seen practising in nets despite having a hamstring injury. Notably, he sustained the injury in his hamstring during the game against Kings XI Punjab on October 18 and since then, he didn’t feature in any games for Mumbai Indians.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma

However, the BCCI medical team will examine India’s limited-overs vice-captain on Sunday to take a decision on whether he is fit enough to be featured in India’s squad for the series against Australia that will begin on November 27 or not.

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While speaking to ANI, a BCCI official close to the developments confirmed that the Mumbai Indians skipper will be assessed on Sunday and the rest will be decided after that.

“Rohit will be assessed tomorrow and a call will be taken after that on whether he is good to go. As is the case with hamstring injuries, the real challenge is the sprints and the acceleration and deceleration process will be the focus to understand if he has recovered fully or will need a little more time,” the functionary added.

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“See, when you have a hamstring injury which isn’t a Grade II tear, you wouldn’t have a problem walking or playing normal shots. The area of concern is quick sprints or as you say running between the wickets,” he told.

“The hamstring muscles come into play when a person needs to suddenly run a quick single or needs to stop fast and turn at the non-striker’s end for a double. While you accelerate at the beginning of the sprint, you decelerate when you need to stop and turn. This is when the focus is 100 per cent on the functionality of the hamstring muscles. So, if you have recovered completely, you wouldn’t have an issue in either acceleration or deceleration,” he again shared.

However, Mumbai Indians won the game against Chennai Super Kings by a whopping 10 wickets at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium but lost to Rajasthan Royals by eight wickets at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on October 25 as well. They again secured a win against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday and Delhi Capitals on October 31 and sealed their place in the playoffs.

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