21 Nov 2020: Hamstring is fine, getting stronger, says Rohit Sharma
Senior Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma has cleared the air over the controversy that erupted over his non-inclusion in all the three squads for the upcoming tour of Australia.
Rohit was later added to the revised Test squad, subjected to passing a fitness test.
Words: Rohit needed to be absolutely sure regarding his injury situation
Rohit said that his hamstring is absolutely fine and revealed why he is at NCA.
"Hamstring is feeling absolutely fine. Just started the process of getting it nice and strong. Before I play the longer format, I absolutely needed to be clear in mind that there is no stone that is left unturned, that's probably the reason, I'm at the NCA," Rohit told PTI.
Fact: Rohit brushes off speculation surrounding him
There was a lot of speculation surrounding Rohit about if he could make it to Australia. "For me, it was not a concern what x, y or z was talking about like whether he would make it to Australia," he said.
Omission: Rohit was omitted from all three squads to face Australia
Rohit had suffered a hamstring injury and missed a few games for Mumbai Indians in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL).
The new selection panel, headed by Sunil Joshi, announced the squads for the Australia series last month and Rohit wasn't named in any.
The BCCI didn't specify the exact reason and said Rohit would be constantly monitored by the medical panel.
Fact: However, Rohit had been named in the revised Test squad
Rohit had been named in the revised Test squad to face Australia. This was after he played the last three games for Mumbai Indians. It was also learnt that skipper Virat Kohli would be leaving Australia after the first Test in Adelaide on paternity leave.
Dada on Rohit: What Sourav Ganguly had said regarding Rohit?
Recently, Ganguly had said that Rohit is only 70% fit.
"Rohit is injured at the moment. Otherwise, why would we leave out a player like him?," Dada said.
On his exclusion from white-ball squads, Ganguly said, "Why don't you find out from Rohit himself? That is why he is still not picked for the ODIs and T20s Down Under."
Confusion: Rohit clears the misconceptions about his injury
The senior cricketer has cleared the misconceptions about the injury and the subsequent confusion over the Australia series.
"I don't know what was going on, to be honest, and what all were people talking about. But let me put this on record, I was constantly communicating with BCCI and Mumbai Indians," Rohit said.
Fact: Rohit is currently recuperating at the NCA
The 33-year-old is currently recuperating at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru and is expected to join his team-mates in Australia ahead of the first Test in Adelaide on December 17. However, it's unclear whether he will be available for both the warm-up fixtures.