Rohit Sharma missed the first two Tests vs Australia as he couldn’t recover in time from a hamstring injury that he sustained during IPL 2020 in UAE earlier this year.

Rohit Sharma joined the Indian squad in Melbourne on December 30 (Courtesy of BCCI)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Rohit Sharma is expected return as India’s opener for the 3rd Test in Sydney
  • Rohit was recuperating from his hamstring injury at the NCA in Bengaluru before coming to Australia
  • Both India and Australia will reach Sydney on January 4 with the Test match staring 3 days later

Former India spinner Pragyan Ojha feels batsman Rohit Sharma needs to practice very hard and get used to the Australian conditions quickly before the start of the third Test in Sydney on January 7.

Rohit Sharma missed the first two Tests as he couldn’t recover in time from a hamstring injury that he sustained during the Indian Premier League in UAE earlier this year. He missed the limited-overs series as well against Australia as he was undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.

Rohit passed a fitness test and reached Sydney earlier this month but he was not able to join the squad ahead of the Melbourne Test due to hard quarantine rules. Rohit spent 14 days in quarantine in Sydney.

But now that his isolation period is over, Rohit has hit the nets once to begin his preparations for the third Test. He was the only Indian player seen in the nets at the Melbourne Cricket Ground today (December 31).

“Rohit needs a lot of practice now because he had a 14-day quarantine period in his room, he has to get used to the conditions their and I think its the best way – go out their and practice.

“At NCA they made sure that Rohit was training harder because during the IPL and before that he had put on a little bit of weight, so they wanted him to reduce that. When you have not played for so long we are seeing a lot of injuries this season. So maybe because of that they wanted Rohit to be totally match fit.

“At NCA everybody’s focus was to get Rohit ready so that he doesn’t have an injury on the field,” Ojha said on Sports Today.

Notably, there has been an itinerary change for both India and Australia teams as they will reaching Sydney only on January 4. They were expected to reach Sydney on December 31 but the Covid-19 situation has forced a change in their plans.

Sydney has held on to the third Test despite the rising cases of the Covid-19 in the city, Cricket Australia confirmed on Tuesday. Melbourne, which hosted the just-concluded Boxing Day Test, was being kept on standby.



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