Ishant Sharma ruled out of Test series against Australia; Rohit Sharma to be assessed on December 11

Ishant Sharma ruled out of Test series against Australia; Rohit Sharma to be assessed on December 11

Both Ishant and Rohit are undergoing rehabilitation at the NCA in Bengaluru.

Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma
Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Ishant Sharma, the Indian fast bowler, has been ruled out of the upcoming Test series against Australia, starting December 17 at the Adelaide Oval. The speedster was earlier omitted from the first two Tests after he injured himself during the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL). The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has also taken a call on Rohit Sharma.

Rohit was also left out of the first two Test matches, and a decision on him will be taken after an assessment on December 11. Both Ishant and Rohit were undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA).

BCCI releases a detailed update on Rohit and Ishant Sharma

After Virat Kohli, in the pre-match press conference of the first ODI, said that there’s been lack of clarity on their matter, the BCCI issued a clarification. The Indian board released a statement, saying-

1. Mr Rohit Sharma – He is presently undergoing rehabilitation at the NCA. Mr Rohit Sharma’s next assessment will be conducted on December 11th following which the BCCI will have clarity on his participation in the upcoming Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Australia.

Mr Rohit Sharma had to come back to Mumbai after the IPL to attend his ailing father. His father is now recuperating well and that has allowed him to travel to the NCA and start his rehabilitation.

2. Mr Ishant Sharma – Ishant has recovered completely from his side strain injury sustained during IPL 2020 in the U.A.E. While he’s building up his workload in order to achieve Test match fitness, Mr Ishant Sharma has been ruled out of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

Rohit got injured during the double Super Over match against Kings XI Punjab following which he missed a few matches. However, he came back in Mumbai Indians’ last league game and also scored a match-winning half-century in the final against the Delhi Capitals in Dubai.

Apart from Rohit and Ishant’s development, the BCCI also added T Natarajan to the ODI squad. Navdeep Saini developed back spasms owing to which Natarajan was roped in. Earlier, the left-armer got his maiden call-up in the T20I squad after some superlative performances for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL.