Finally, there is some good news for Indian fans as India's white ball vice captain in Rohit Sharma has cleared the fitness test in Bangalore and will be flying to the Australia for the test series.
There was a big cloud over Rohit Sharma's availability for the test series in Australia as he was nursing his hamstring injury which he picked up towards the later part of the recently concluded Indian Premier League in UAE.
Rohit Sharma wasn’t named in the squad that travelled to Australia in any format of the game. It was said that he was undergoing rigorous training in order to achieve fitness to take part in the all important and prestigious Border-Gavaskar trophy and it is safe to say that Rohit Sharma has completed his mission.
As per latest reports, Rohit Sharma has cleared the fitness test at National Cricket Academy in Bangalore and will be flying to Australia in a couple of days time. The first test starts on 17th December and Rohit Sharma will be in quarantine for the first 14 days after reaching Australia. He will miss the first 2 tests because of the mandatory 14 day quarantine period.
Rohit Sharma revived his test career as an opener in the home season against South Africa and Bangladesh but this will be his real big test as an opener because succeeding as an opener in SENA countries is the benchmark for any sub-Continent batsmen.
It will be an arduous task for Rohit Sharma to be in quarantine and to play the 3rd test without any real match practice. If one of Prithvi Shaw or Shubman Gill utilizes the opportunity in the first 2 tests as an opener, Rohit Sharma might find it difficult to crack into the side in the 3rd game. One has to wait and see how things turn out in the coming days