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India vs Australia: Rohit Sharma to be reassessed by medical team after 14-day quarantine

Rohit Sharma has cleared NCA fitness test but his participation in India vs Australia Tests will be subject to medical reassessment after quarantine.

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India vs Australia: Rohit Sharma to be reassessed by medical team after 14-day quarantine
Rohit Sharma might be available for the Indian cricket team for the Sydney and Brisbane Tests as he will have to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine in Australia. (Image credit: BCCI Twitter)
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Rohit Sharma has finally been cleared by the National Cricket Academy (NCA) and he will soon fly to Australia to be part of the side for the four-Test series between India and Australia that will begin in Adelaide on December 17 with the Day-Night Test. In a statement released by the BCCI, Rohit Sharma’s participation in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy will only be determined once the medical team of the Indian cricket side reassesses him post his 14-day quarantine. The statement read, “Rohit Sharma has completed his rehabilitation process at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru and is now clinically fit. He has been rehabilitating and training at NCA since 19th November following a high-grade left hamstring injury suffered during the Indian Premier League (IPL). The NCA medical Team was satisfied with the physical fitness of Rohit Sharma after assessing him on different metrics that tested his skills related to batting, fielding and running between the wickets. Rohit Sharma’s physical fitness has been satisfactory but he will be required to continue work on his endurance.”

The statement further stated, “He has been given a detailed program to follow for the duration of the two weeks he will be quarantined for. He will be reassessed by the Team India medical team post his quarantine to establish his fitness status and a call on his participation in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy will be taken accordingly.”

Thus, the latest statement has clearly rubbished earlier reports that Sourav Ganguly was negotiating with Cricket Australia to reduce Rohit Sharma’s quarantine period from 14 days to seven days. The reason why Rohit Sharma will have to undergo the mandatory 14-day isolated quarantine is that he is not coming from a bio-bubble. The Indian cricket team had arrived from the Dubai bio-bubble to Sydney and that is why they could train despite the 14-day quarantine.

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Rohit Sharma missed the ODI and T20I series against Australia after he suffered the hamstring injury during the IPL 2020 clash between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab. However, when Rohit Sharma was left out of the touring party, Mumbai Indians uploaded a video in which he was practicing. On the day when Sourav Ganguly said that Rohit Sharma’s injury had to be managed, he played the IPL encounter against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians went on to win the title for a record fifth time.

With the 14-day quarantine in place, Rohit Sharma is definitely ruled out of the Adelaide and Melbourne Tests but he could still play the Sydney and Brisbane Tests that will take place on January 7 and January 15 respectively.

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