|| India Correspondent ||
Former India captain and batting legend Sunil Gavaskar is happy to see a "fit-again" Rohit Sharma back in the field again which he refers to the "best news for Indian cricket" prior to the important tour of Australia. Rohit, who was not included in the squad for the Australia series as he sustained a left hamstring injury during an IPL game against Kings XI Punjab returned in the game against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday. However, he was seen practising in the nets in between, which raised several eyebrows, although he didn’t feature in any IPL games.
"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," Gavaskar told YouTube channel, Sports Tak.
On the other hand, Gavaskar said that head coach Ravi Shastri and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly were concerned over his injury and urged not to rush. However, the former captain also believes that there is no harm if the board wants to assess his injury again and take another fitness test
"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," Gavaskar said. "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 backed Ganguly's words that match situation is entirely different from net sessions and after returning to injury, one needs to play a few matches which determines the fitness status as well.
"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.
On the other hand, Rohit Sharma, himself has confirmed his fitness in the game as well.