After the forgettable tour of Australia, where India couldn’t even manage to win a single game, the quartet of Rohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja is facing an injury scare and they will undergo an extremely crucial fitness test on 7th February, just 24 hours before India’s first warm-up match against Australia.
Rohit Sharma, who gave India’s only good performance in the ODI series, is suffering from a hamstring injury and he was ruled out for the rest of the series after India’s first match against Australia, of Carlton MID tri-series. Considering Shikhar Dhawan’s poor form, Rohit Sharma is very important for India’s scheme of things in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.
A BCCI source said that Rohit looks most likely to take the field on Sunday, considering that he has recovered close to 80% from the hamstring injury which forced him to miss his side’s last three games of the Carlton Mid tri-series while the other three still need time to recover from their respective injuries.
“Rohit has recovered around 80 percent but same can’t be said about the others. Ishant has a knee injury while Bhuvneshwar is recuperating from ankle injury while Ravindra Jadeja is coming back from shoulder injury,” the source said.
India’s bowling attack looked lackluster in the recently concluded tri-series. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has been India’s best fast bowler in the last 12 months, had to sit out due to an injury. Ishant Sharma, who injured himself during the Test series, is also not 100% fit and all eyes will be on him on 7th February.
India’s all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was picked with a hope that he will get fit before the start of the World Cup. Although, Jadeja played in the 6th ODI of the tri-series, there are still doubts over his fitness.
“There will be a two-part fitness test of these four players. They will undergo a fitness test on February 7 and those who pass the test will then be examined in match situation against Australia the very next day. After that, the team management will take a call. As of now, no one is going back home,” a BCCI source said.
By The Cricket Lounge