Indian Skipper Virat Kohli on Thursday said that he is very uncertain about why Rohit Sharma wasn’t on the flight for the Australia series.
He said that the entire saga surrounding Rohit and Ishant Sharma is very confusing and not ideal. Speaking ahead of the first ODI between India and Australia Virat said that he is not clear why Rohit and Ishant didn’t travel with them to Australia and did their rehab just like Saha.
There has been a lot of heated debate on social media and also in the cricketing world after Rohit Sharma was sidelined for India’s tour of Australia stating that he was injured whereas Mayank Agarwal and Wriddhiman Saha who were also injured included in the squad.
Both Rohit and Ishant were ruled out of the first two Tests of the four-match Border-Gavaskar Trophy, which is scheduled to start with the day-night Test in Adelaide from December 17.
Skipper Kohli also didn’t have much idea as to what has happened and said that they are also playing the waiting game.
“Before we had the selection meeting in Dubai, we had got an email two days before that, which said that he is unavailable for selection [as] he has picked an injury during the IPL, and it mentioned there was a two-week rest and rehab period. The pros and cons and the implications of the injury has been explained to him and he understood that. And he was unavailable for selection,” Kohli said at the virtual media briefing on Thursday.
“That was the information we got in mail before the selection meeting. After that he played in the IPL, so we all thought on that flight to Australia, which he wasn’t. And we had no information whatsoever on the reason on why he is not traveling with us.”
Lot of uncertainty and lack of clarity
Speaking further Kohli said that there has been a lot of uncertainty and lack of clarity around this situation now. He stated that this is not an ideal situation to be in.
“And after that the only other information officially we have received on mail is that he is in the NCA and he’s been assessed and he’ll be further assessed on December 11. So from the time that the selection meeting happened to the IPL finishing now, when this email came about his assessment at the NCA, there has been no information, there has been a lack of clarity. We have been playing the waiting game on this issue for a while now, which is not ideal at all. So, yeah, it’s been very confusing. There has been a lot of uncertainty and lack of clarity around the situation.”