Updated 04th November 2020 | 11:08 IST
A few hours after BCCI president Sourav Ganguly cautioned Rohit Sharma against that specialize in the short term at the expense of his career, the Mumbai Indians skipper walked out for the add the ultimate league encounter against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
To put matters in perspective, MI didn’t have much riding on the results of the sport as that they had already sealed top spot within the points table. that they had also rested three of their match-winners – Hardik Pandya, Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah – for the sport.
Rohit was injured (hamstring) within the game against Kings XI Punjab on October 18 and Kieron Pollard led the team within the next four matches. it had been expected that if Rohit had to play any longer part during this IPL, it might are within the playoffs and not during a largely inconsequential fixture, a minimum of for MI.
When asked at the toss: “everything fit and fine with you?” he replied: “Yeah, seems like that.”
Earlier on Tuesday, Ganguly said that Rohit, who has not been selected for the tour of Australia thanks to injury, shouldn’t rush his comeback.
“You don’t want him to urge injured again. He features a hamstring tear and it’ll get ruptured again. it’ll then get long for him to return back,” Ganguly was quoted as saying by PTI.
“But yes, there are people working with him. The Mumbai Indians physio is functioning with him. The Indian physio (Nitin Patel) is there. Rohit himself knows that he possesses an extended career ahead and it’s not just this IPL or next series for him. I’m sure he’s mature enough to try to what’s best for him,”
Physio Patel, in consultation with a few of other specialists, had suggested rest for 3 weeks. By that assessment, he wouldn’t are available before the IPL final on November 10, but the Mumbai Indians captain returned to action every week earlier. it had been on this expert advice that the choice committee didn’t consider the 33-year-old while picking the three squads for the tour Down Under and said his fitness and recovery from injury are going to be closely monitored.
“The selectors were informed that Rohit won’t be available for selection thanks to injury. He even submitted two expert doctors’ advice who both said Rohit needs rest for 2 to 3 weeks,” a BCCI official had said then.
There has been no official word from the board on the precise nature of the injury. However, Mumbai Indians, on several occasions, had put out images and videos of Rohit training and practising in net sessions whenever BCCI has commented on his availability. it had been done on the day the squads for Australia were named when Team India head coach Shastri cautioned him against rushing back to cricket too early before he returned to action on the day the board president spoke on the matter.
When Rohit did begin to bat on Tuesday, he looked in need of match-sharpness. He volunteered for a pointy single to check his hamstring but didn’t seem to be running too smoothly. In any case, the Mumbai Indians skipper wasn’t within the middle for too long, chipping a Sandeep Sharma slower delivery to mid-off.
He also came bent field when Sunrisers batted. It might be considered a risk if the injury had not healed completely. Some may call this unnecessary, as Pollard may be a fine captain in his title. There could also be a train of thought that Rohit wanted to check his injury to assess whether he was fit enough to play in Qualifier 1 on Thursday, and later if needed. But the BCCI and therefore the national selectors won’t be too pleased if “an asset like Rohit”, in Ganguly’s words, aggravates his injury playing for his IPL franchise and misses an enormous overseas tour altogether.
“It’s the BCCI’s job to urge their best players on the park,” the board president said. He will hope they will manage to accomplish that on the upcoming tour of Australia.”