Rohit, Ishant should leave in 3-4 days if they are to play Australia Tests: Ravi Shastri

Rohit, Ishant should leave in 3-4 days if they are to play Australia Tests: Ravi Shastri
By: PTI | Sydney |

November 22, 2020 9:54:09 pm

Ishant Sharma celebrating a wicket with Rohit Sharma. (File)

India head coach Ravi Shastri has expressed his apprehensions about senior gamers Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma’s participation in the upcoming Test collection if they don’t attain Australia in the following few days.

Both Rohit (left hamstring) and Ishant (facet pressure) are on the NCA present process rehabilitation, however the BCCI is but to announce when the duo would attain Australia.

Considering the necessary 14-day quarantine requirement, it’s clear that they would miss the primary warm-up recreation towards Australia A, at Drummoyne Oval from December 6-8, if they don’t depart by Monday.

“He (Rohit) was never going to play the white-ball series, they were just looking to see how long he needed the rest, because you can’t afford to be resting for too long,” Shastri instructed ABC Sport.

“If you need to play in the Test series or any red-ball cricket, you’ve got to be on the flight in the next three or four days. If you aren’t, then it’s going to be tough.”

Shastri stated that NCA’s medical workforce is presently assessing how lengthy could be Rohit’s break from the sport.

“But things could get difficult if he’s asked to wait for too long, (because) then you’re talking of the quarantine again, which might make it really tough for even him to come just in time for the Test series,” the pinnacle coach added.

In an interview to PTI, Rohit stated that he’s assured of enjoying the Test collection though some power and conditioning work nonetheless wants to be completed so far as his hamstring is worried.

Shastri stated that even Ishant’s case is analogous and he would additionally want to play no less than one observe recreation earlier than he may be thought-about for Test.

The second and closing warm-up recreation, on the SCG from December 11-13, shall be a day-nighter earlier than the primary Test commences in Adelaide from December 17.

“It’s (Ishant’s) a similar case to Rohit,” Shastri stated.

“You don’t really know how quickly he’ll be available to fly out. Like I said, if anyone has to play in the Test series, he has to be on the flight in the next four or five days. Otherwise, it’s very difficult.”

Terming skipper Virat Kohli because the driving pressure of this Indian workforce, Shastri backed his choice to return for the delivery of his first baby.

“I think it’s the right decision he’s taking,” Shastri stated.

“These moments don’t come time and time once more. He has the chance, he’s going again, and I believe he’ll be happier for that.

“If you see the place India have gone in the final five-six years, there’s little question in completely anybody’s thoughts that he’s the driving pressure and the person behind it (India’s success).

“So he obviously would be missed. But like I say, in adversity comes opportunity. There are lot of young guys in the side and it’s an opportunity for them.”

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