Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar is delighted to see a “fit-again” Rohit Sharma back in action who he believes is the “best news for Indian cricket” ahead of the Australia tour. Rohit, who sustained a left hamstring injury in an IPL match against Kings XI Punjab, was back in the park against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday, a week after being banned from the Australia-bound squad on fitness grounds. “Whatever has happened before with regard to his (Rohit) injury, aside from that, I would say it’s great news for Indian cricket that Rohit Sharma is fit,” Gavaskar told YouTube channel Sports Branch.
However, Gavaskar said the concerns of head coach Ravi Shastri and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, while urging the senior player not to rush his comeback, are also “justified”.
“See, the concern shown by everyone collectively that there could be a rupture (if he hurries his return) is justified. But he looked confident.
The legendary opener said that if BCCI wants to put Rohit to another fitness test, there’s no harm.
“He played the game to show that he is fit, but if BCCI wants to test his fitness again, there is nothing wrong with it. Because they want to check if he is fully fit or not,” said Gavaskar.
Gavaskar also echoed Ganguly’s feelings that the match situation is completely different from the net sessions that do not exert any pressure.
“Maybe he will be checked. Normally, when you come back from an injury, you have to play a few games, because match fitness determines your fitness.
“No matter how much you look fit in the nets, you’re not stressed, but when you’re under the pressure of a game, it gives you an idea of how fit you are,” he explains.
However, Gavaskar did not want to be involved in whether Rohit would get his deputy captain back in case he steps out.
“Captain, vice-captain should not be a problem at all. The point is that the player must be available to play and he is available,” said Gavaskar.
“Rohit was asked twice before and after the game and said he is fit and doing well. He seemed confident.
“So basically it doesn’t make sense to go into the details of what happened before. Let’s have it today and today he’s fit,” he added.
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