While Ishant Sharma was ruled out of the Test series despite recovering from side injury, Rohit is slated to be reassessed at the NCA on December 11.
TOI understands that Rohit’s hamstring is doing ‘pretty fine’, but he needs to have enough strength and fitness to sustain the rigours of Test cricket. The process currently is more about him ‘getting back in good shape’.
On Sunday, Rohit posted pictures from NCA on Instagram and looked in much better shape than he was during the IPL.
“Unless the physio gives a clean chit, a player can’t undergo a high-intensity fitness test. But if he is undergoing rehab on an injury in his lower body, he can work on his upper body’s conditioning and shed weight. A lighter upper body will ensure he doesn’t put much strain on the dodgy hamstring,” a BCCI source told TOI.
“Rohit doesn’t want to take any chance this time. He is very conscious about the fitness standards. He has been plagued by injuries in the last year. Then the lockdown happened before he got on with his IPL duties. He has been on the road for two years too. That didn’t really give him much of a chance to work on his fitness. Now, he wants to ensure he is in perfect shape and his body is ready to endure the rigours of non-stop cricket next year,” the source added.
Rohit had opted to play for Mumbai Indians in the business end of the IPL even as the Indian cricket board’s (BCCI) medical team had said he was not fit enough to play for India in Australia a month later.
TOI has also learnt that the team management had objected to Ishant’s inclusion since he had broken down after a Test in New Zealand after claiming to have recovered from an ankle injury. The team management didn’t want to take that risk in Australia.