Rohit completed his 14 days of hard quarantine in a Sydney apartment only a few days back and has joined the squad in Melbourne on Wednesday. He received a warm welcome from one and all.
Umesh Yadav is India's third pacer to be ruled out of the Australia series after Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami.
Rohit Sharma, who had missed the limited-overs series as well as the first two Tests against Australia due to a hamstring injury that he sustained during the IPL, was seen taking catching practice in pics shared by BCCI
Ravi Shastri said the medical team will look at how the player is physically after completing his quarantine before a call is taken on his inclusion in the playing XI for the third Test against Australia in Sydney.
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The five-bowler strategy worked out perfectly for India in Melbourne but the Ajinkya Rahane-led side has some tough calls to make in the batting department, especially the opening slot, ahead of the third Test against Australia in Sydney with Rohit Sharma available for selection.
India vs Australia: Bench strength make visitors a formidable side as they gain advantage on Day 3 of Boxing Day Test
The four replacements have all contributed towards the advantage India hold at stumps on Day 3 at Melbourne. One must remember that India have already started the series without the Sharmas – Ishant and Rohit. And Ajinkya Rahane – a replacement in role, not a place in the XI – had played arguably the best innings of his Test career.
International cricket had resumed in June with England hosting West Indies in a Test series, but the hype surrounding the IPL was certainly a welcome relief for cricket fans and enthusiasts amid a deadly pandemic.
Now-retired MS Dhoni was named captain of the T20I and ODI Teams of the Decade and Virat Kohli was picked to lead the Test side. The T20I side comprises of four Indian players, three in the ODI side and two in the Test side.
On this day, in 2017, Rohit Sharma smashed a T20 ton in just 25 balls against Sri Lanka at Indore
Rohit had travelled to Australia having got the clearance from the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru after missing the entire limited overs leg of the tour and the first Day/Night Test.
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A stiffer challenge awaits India as Australia will have the services of Steve Smith and David Warner, who served year-long bans for ball-tampering and missed the 2018/19 series.
India vs Australia: Rohit Sharma clears fitness test, set to join visitors for last two Tests, confirms BCCI
Rohit Sharma had been undergoing rehabilitation at the NCA in Bengaluru along with pacer Ishant Sharma recently.
India vs Australia: Rohit Sharma clears fitness test, set to join squad for last two Tests, says report
Rohit had sustained a hamstring injury during the IPL, which led to him missing the white-ball leg of the ongoing tour
Kohli, who had scored 89 and 63 in the second and third ODI against Australia in Sydney and Canberra respectively, has 870 points.
India vs Australia: Ravi Shastri should have updated Virat Kohli on Rohit Sharma's injury status, says Gautam Gambhir
Ahead of the start of the ODI series against Australia, India captain Kohli didn't hide his displeasure at Rohit's injury being subject of speculation, stating that "confusion and lack of clarity" has led to the team management playing a "waiting game" on his availability.
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The Board reiterated Kohli's assertion that Rohit's fitness will be up for a review on December 11, following which a call would be taken on whether he can be there for the Tests.
Stating that Azam is a bit more of a tricky customer than Kohli, Amir added that technique wise he finds it tougher against Babar Azam as his stance is such that one cannot just figure out how to get him out.
India vs Australia: Pacer T Natarajan included in visitors' ODI squad; Ishant Sharma ruled out of Tests
Natarajan travelled to Australia as part of the T20 team, and has been drafted into the ODI side as cover for fellow pacer Navdeep Saini, who reportedly suffered a back spasm ahead of the series.
India vs Australia: Skipper Virat Kohli says there's confusion, lack of clarity over Rohit Sharma's injury
India captain Virat Kohli stated that "confusion and lack of clarity" has led to the team management playing a "waiting game" on Rohit Sharma's availability which is not ideal