With all the buzz surrounding Rohit Sharma ahead of the India versus Australia series, it is now believed that nobody actually knows why the 33-year-old headed to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) when he was scheduled to travel to Australia with the squad after the IPL final on November 12. The BCCI official also accused that the Mumbai Indians captain decided not to board the flight all by himself and in the process dented the team’s preparations ahead of the full-fledged two-month-long tour. Also Read - Brisbane Weather Forecast For 4th Test Day 4: Rain to Play Spoilsport During India-Australia at Gabba, Start Time
“Rohit Sharma was expected to board the flight with the rest of the team on November 12. But he chose not to and instead headed to the National Cricket Academy. Nobody in the BCCI knows who asked Rohit to head to the NCA…Whatever the confusion, it has dented the team’s preparations,” BCCI source to Sportskeeda. Also Read - HIGHLIGHTS India vs Australia 4th Test Day 4 Gabba, Brisbane Today's Match Scorecard AS IT HAPPENED: Siraj, Shardul Keep IND in Hunt; AUS Set 328
Adding further, he claimed it was understood Rohit was not going to fly as he would first have to serve a 14-day quarantine on landing in Australia – so when would he have been available as his fitness test at the NCA was scheduled for December 11. Also Read - IPL Won't be a 10-Team Event as BCCI Plans to Add Just One More Franchise For Now: Report
“The problem is that there’s a 14-day mandatory state quarantine in Australia. Even if he is allowed to travel on the 12th, how will he fly? There are no commercial flights. And even if he manages to fly, he has to undergo the two-week solitary quarantine. When will he be available, subject to fitness…We all knew he was never going to fly,” the source added.
The management has not yet confirmed who will replace Rohit, but reports suggest that Shreyas Iyer has been asked to stay back after the limited-overs series.
While, renowned sports journalist Boria Majumdar claimed that Rohit returned to Mumbai from UAE to see his father, who was diagnosed COVID-19 positive.
“Rohit came to Mumbai with the Mumbai Indians because his father had Covid. That is the reality which is why he had to go back to Bombay. After that, if he did not want to play the red-ball series, there was no reason for him to travel to the NCA and he could have easily stayed back in Bombay with Ritika and family and enjoyed the fruits of success. So there’s absolutely no reason to say that Rohit did not want to play the red-ball series,” Boria said in a video.