Rohit Sharma has cleared the fitness test conducted by the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. He will now fly to Australia on December 14 and will be available for the selection for the last two Tests of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. It is understood by ESPNcricinfo that he will take a charter flight from Mumbai to Dubai and will then fly to Sydney. Upon reaching Sydney, he will have to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
Sharma had picked up a hamstring injury during the IPL 2020, due to which he was ruled out of the limited overs series against Australia. Now, owing to the mandatory 14-day quarantine, he won’t be able to play the first two Tests, which include the pink-ball Test and the historic Boxing Day Test.
“Rohit has cleared the fitness Test and will soon be flying out to Australia,” a senior BCCI official told PTI.
Earlier, there had been much confusion regarding Rohit’s injury. Recently, Virat Kohli spoke about the lack of clarity on the issue. Speaking to the media on November 26, India skipper Virat Kohli had said the confusion over Rohit's injury status is something that should have been avoided and there should have been clarity on the whole matter.
"Well, before we had the selection meeting in Dubai, we got a mail two days before which said that Rohit is unavailable for selection because of the injury he picked up during the IPL. It mentioned a two-week rest and rehab period, and it said that the pros and cons of the injury were explained to Rohit and he understood that.”
"It was the information we got by mail but after that, he played in the IPL. We all thought that he would be on the flight to Australia which he wasn't and we had no information whatsoever on the reason behind him not flying to Australia," Kohli had said.
"After that, the only information we have received on mail is that he is at NCA and he will be further assessed on December 11. So from the time the selection meeting happened and the IPL ended and now when this mail came about his assessment, there has been lack of clarity, we have been playing the waiting game on this issue and this is not ideal at all," he added.