Dubai, November 4
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar is delighted to see a “fit-again” Rohit Sharma back in action which he feels is the “best news for Indian cricket” ahead of the tour of Australia.
Rohit, who sustained a left hamstring injury during an IPL game against Kings XI Punjab, was back in the park against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday, a week after being excluded from the Australia-bound squad on fitness grounds.
“Whatever has transpired earlier with regards to his (Rohit) injury, keeping that aside, I would say it’s a great news for Indian cricket that Rohit Sharma is fit,” said Gavaskar.
Gavaskar, however, said that concerns raised by head coach Ravi Shastri and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly while urging the senior player not to rush his comeback were also “valid”.
“Look, the concern shown by everyone collectively that there could be a rupture (if he hurries his return) is a valid one. But he looked confident. He fielded at the boundary ropes and also in the 30-yard circle,” said Gavaskar.
The legendary opener said that if BCCI wanted to put Rohit through another fitness test, there was no harm.
“He played the match to show that he is fit but if BCCI wants to test his fitness again, then there is nothing wrong in it. Because they want to check if he is fully fit or not.”
Gavaskar also echoed Ganguly’s sentiments that match situation was completely different from net sessions which were devoid of any pressure.
“May be, he will be monitored. Normally, when you come back from injury, you need to play a few matches as match fitness determines your fitness status.
“Irrespective of how much you look fit in the nets, you are not stressed but when you have the pressure of a match that gives an idea of how fit you are,” he explained.
He, however, didn’t want to be drawn into questions on whether Rohit would get his vice-captaincy back in case he makes it to the side.
“Captain, vice-captain shouldn’t be an issue at all. The moot point is the player should be available to play and he is available,” said Gavaskar.
“Twice Rohit was asked before and after the match and he said that he is fit and doing well. He seemed confident.
“So actually, there is no point going into the details of what happened earlier. Let’s talk about today and today he is fit,” he added. PTI