India vs Australia 2020-21:
Ahead of the much-awaited Test series against Australia, a massive setback for Team India as the 'Hitman' Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma are likely to miss out, Indian team management asks for Shreyas Iyer as cover. Rohit and Ishant are likely to miss the entire Test series against Australia, according to reports. Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma are not expected to leave for the Australian tour in the next three or four days. Both the players are currently undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) medical team in Bengaluru as they aim to regain full fitness.
The Indian cricket team management has reportedly made it clear that Ishant and Rohit should be sent to Australia only if the duo attains full fitness to ensure any further injury risks are avoided. The two are thus not expected to travel anytime soon. However, the team management hasn’t yet received any signal from the NCA or BCCI as regards when the two are joining the squad or not. And if that’s the case, then going by Ravi Shastri’s comment, both might miss the entire Test series.
Indian team Head Coach Ravi Shastri said on Sunday, "If you have to take part in the Test series, then you have to take a flight in the next three or four days, otherwise it will be very difficult for you to play."
In his interview, the head coach spoke about Rohit and Ishant being assessed by the NCA medical team. “But things could get difficult if he’s (Rohit) asked to wait for too long, (because) then you’re talking of the quarantine again, which might make it really tough for even him to come just in time for the Test series,” Shastri said.
India's team management also concerns about the Indian skipper Virat Kohli's departure after the first Test in Adelaide is all set to make matters worsen for the visitors, who will be aiming to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy having created history on their last tour. Kohli-led India had thumped Australia 2-1 in the Test series in 2018-19 to become the first team from Asia to register a Test triumph on Australian soil.