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Rohit Sharma likely to play in the Test Series against Australia

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India’s opener and ODI Vice-Captain Rohit Sharma is likely to play in the Test series against Australia. This comes as positive news and a great relief to the Indian side. He had missed 3 games in the recently concluded 13th edition of the IPL owing to the hamstring injury before making a comeback to the Mumbai Indians side. He had a two-week lay-off before making his return for MI. After coming back, he looked in a good form though, and played a winning knock in the final game of the IPL against the Delhi Capitals. But when a player is out owing to any reasons, there is always some controversy and this case wasn’t any different. Sharma was not included in the recently declared Indian ODI squad for the upcoming series against Australia, which leads to all sorts of speculations.

Rohit Sharma to be available for test series against Australia
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The Hitman cleared the air today, putting end to most of the speculation. He stated that his hamstring injury was getting much better. He had been in constant contact with the BCCI throughout the IPL season as well and not including his name in the ODI squad was a conscious decision on his part. His hamstring is getting better and he needs more time to recover. As a result, he won’t be playing the ODI series against Australia as the schedule is tight and it would put a lot of strain on his recuperating hamstring.

When asked why he had chosen to play the final for MI, he stated that it was limited over format, thus not putting a lot of strain on his hamstring and he also wanted to lead from the front. The hamstring was also getting better and a shorter format of the game was a much better platform to test it. Rohit Sharma is currently training at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), Bengaluru, and will proceed to the Australia series from there. The test series has some time to start yet and hence he is confident that the hamstring will be in much better shape by then. His presence will benefit the Indian team greatly.

While giving the press statements, he also answered some other questions about the recent IPL success of the Mumbai Indians. He attributed the success to the conscious team-building efforts of their policy of retaining the key players, thus keeping the skeleton of the team intact. He also praised his Kiwi teammate Trent Boult for his excellent performance throughout the tournament and congratulated MI for getting Bolt in the auction from the Delhi Capitals.

Sharma also stated that he looks forward to winning more and more trophies with MI but his current focus will be to excel for the Indian Team in the upcoming Australia series. The decision taken by Rohit Sharma is certainly a commendable one and long-sighted. Straining the hamstring for one ODI series won’t be beneficial for the Indian Cricket Team in the long run. So his decision is strategic enough. We look forward to seeing him play the tests in Australia. Until then, stay tuned!

 

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