On Tuesday, 3rd November Board of Control for Cricket in India President, Saurav Ganguly opens up about Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma exclusion from either side for India tour of Australia. Rohit Sharma has suffered a hamstring injury and is warming the bench since the double super over against KXIP. While Ishant Sharma has been ruled out of IPL 2020 due to a left internal oblique muscle tear.
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India will play three ODIs, three T20Is, and four Tests matches against Australia. The tour will start on November 27. The BCCI released the squads for the respective formats last week, the major concern was the exclusion of India’s limited over Vice-Captain. Rohit is not named in any of the squads so is Ishant Sharma.
Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma was seen in the nets in Mumbai Indians camp in UAE after the release of Squads. However, BCCI officials said that their medical team is closely monitoring Rohit’s fitness.
Saurav Ganguly’s Statement:
“Australia in Australia is always tough. They will be a lot stronger with (Steve) Smith and (David) Warner back. Players like (Marnus) Labuschagne have become better,” Ganguly said. “It will be a good test for India, but they are capable of winning. It will be a good series.”
“It’s a 50-50 chance for both teams. Runs on the board will be important. Whoever bats well will win the series,” the former captain added. “India has a pace attack to match Australia. There is (Jasprit) Bumrah, (Mohammed) Shami, (Navdeep) Saini. The attack is as good as Australia’s.”
“We are monitoring Ishant and Rohit. Ishant is not completely out. He will become a part of the Test series,” he said. “With Rohit, we want him fit for Australia. At some stage, if he is fit, I am sure the selectors will rethink his position.” “They can be sent later. There are flights to Australia.”