Virender Sehwag unhappy over Rohit Sharma episode after latter’s non selection for Australia tour
Rohit couldn't find a place in any of the three squads for the tour of Australia.
Updated - Nov 6, 2020 9:58 am
Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag, yet another time, expressed his displeasure over Rohit Sharma being left out for the tour of Australia. Rohit’s hamstring injury during Mumbai Indians’ (MI) against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in Dubai started the ruckus and he couldn’t find a place in the Test, ODI and T20I series.
However, raising a few eyebrows, if not a whole lot, the 33-year-old returned for MI’s last league match against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Throwing light on the entire episode, Sehwag said that the BCCI had a different stand for the Nawab of Najafgarh during the 2011 World Cup.
“If a statement has gone from MI physio that we are not sure how long would it take for Rohit Sharma to get fit, and the team has been created keeping this statement in mind, then even I have nothing to say. You get an idea if you are a top player,” Sehwag told on Cricbuzz.
Sehwag opines on Rohit Sharma
“Let me give an example from my career. Before the 2011 World Cup, I was having problems with my shoulder. When I got scanned, so there was a tear in my bicep tendon, and I needed to get a surgery done,” he stated.
Sehwag said how he delayed his surgery in order to play in the World Cup. He said that he wouldn’t have been ready for the mega event if he underwent the surgery. In order to avoid further injury concerns, he played only the red-ball format and avoided playing ODI cricket.
He reckoned the world’s richest cricket board should have taken a similar step in Rohit’s case as well. As per Sehwag, even if Rohit wasn’t fit, the team could have roped in a replacement.
“So, similarly, everyone might be knowing about Rohit Sharma’s problems – the selectors, the physio, coaches. Still, he could have been selected for the Australia tour. If he doesn’t get fit, then we will send in this player as a replacement or will send a replacement alongside him keeping the bio-secure bubble in mind,” Sehwag added.
Rohit, prior to the game against SRH, said that he’s up and running when asked to update on his fitness levels.