Big News for team India, Rohit Sharma clears Fitness Test ahead of West Indies series: Team India’s newly appointed white-ball skipper, Rohit Sharma has cleared the fitness test held at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) Bangalore and is confirmed to lead the Indian team in the upcoming limited-overs series against West Indies.
West Indies is slated to tour India in the month of February for three matches One Day Internationals (ODI) and as many games T20I series. The tour will begin on February 6 with the ODI series.
The sources in the know of the development informed ANI about the same. “Yes, Rohit has cleared his fitness test and he will be leading the side in the upcoming series against West Indies,” the source said.
Sharma missed his maiden series as the captain of the Indian side after being given a full-time opportunity. He sustained a hamstring blow ahead of South Africa tour due to which he was ruled out and subsequently KL Rahul was given the charge in Rohit’s absence.
After missing out on South Africa tour, Rohit spent his maximum time at the NCA completing his rehabilitation program. He regained his comprehensive fitness and also worked on his body weight to reduce further problems.
If the reports are to be believed, Rohit was asked to cut down his weight to reduce excessive load on his hamstrings. The trainers at the NCA also formed a full-fledged training program which was followed by the Indian skipper to maintain his fitness.
The sources further said that the BCCI will give much-needed break to pacer Jasprit Bumrah during the upcoming home series against West Indies. Bumrah was India’s premier bowler in the Test and ODI series against South Africa.
Considering the packed international calendar ahead and the workload of the seamer, BCCI is keen to give Bumrah a break.
“Jasprit Bumrah is all but set to be rested as his workload management is important looking at the international calendar. He featured in all Tests and ODIs against South Africa, so it is important we give him a break,” the source added.
The Indian cricket board, on Wednesday, announced the revised venues for the series against West Indies. The India vs West Indies matches were earlier scheduled to play on six different venues, however, due to the surge in the covid cases, the BCCI will host the three matches ODI series in Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium while the three matches T20I series will be held in Eden Gardens Kolkata.