IND vs AUS Test Series: The Indian cricket team star batsman Rohit Sharma has joined the team after completing his mandatory 14-day quarantine in Sydney. 'Hitman' goes through his first practice session in Australia under the watchful eyes of batting Coach Vikram Rathore. The prolific opener is all set to play the third Test (IND vs AUS) at SCG on Jan 7. Meanwhile, Rohit missed the limited-overs as well as the T20Is series against Australia as he was undergoing rehabilitation at the NCA in Bengaluru.
On Tuesday, Indian team head coach Ravi Shastri has said the medical team will look at how the player is physically before a call is taken on his inclusion in India's playing XI for the third Test to be played on January 7, 2021. Sydney has held on to the third Test despite the rising cases of the COVID-19 in the city, Cricket Australia confirmed earlier. Melbourne, which hosted the Boxing Day Test, was being kept on standby.
The 33-year old prolific opener has 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. When Rohit Sharma is being trained, the rest of the Team India squad took a short two-day break after India's emphatic victory by 8 wickets in the second Test played at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on the famous Boxing Day.
After registered their lowest Test total of just 36-all-out in the opening Test in Adelaide, Ajinkya Rahane led Team India staged a remarkable turnaround to devastate Australia by 8 wickets and level the four-match test series by 1-1 in the Boxing Day Test played at MCG.
"So how was your quarantine, my friend," head coach Ravi Shastri has heard asking Rohit in a video posted by BCCI. In reply, the star batsman heard them saying he is feeling younger.
Rohit Sharma exchanged compliments with his teammates Cheteshwar Pujara, Umesh Yadav, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Siraj, and batting coach Vikram Rathore too.
Rohit had sustained a hamstring injury during the IPL 2020, which led to him missing the white-ball leg and the first two Tests for the ongoing India tour of Australia, kick start on November 27, 2020.