There was a smile on every cricket fans face as Rohit Sharma came out for the toss for the final league match of Indian Premier League 2020 between Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad in Sharjah on Tuesday.
Rohit Sharma is returning after missing 4 matches due to a hamstring injury, something which also kept him out of the Indian squads for this month’s Australia tour. He had suffered a injury on October 18 in the game against Kings XI Punjab. Kieron Pollard had led MI in his absence, winning 3 of the games.
Rohit it seems, took a fitness just before the match against SRH and was deemed fit to play for MI, even though Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly saying earlier in the day that his fitness was still being assessed by the franchise and Team India’s physios.
Rohit walked out for the toss, which he lost to David Warner, who opted to bowl against MI in Sharjah. Rohit will be replacing all-rounder Jayant Yadav in the MI playing XI.
“Throughout the tournament there has been a lot of talk about the toss, and we need to take toss out of contention and play good cricket.
“Looks like I’m fit and fine. We are resting some key bowlers – Bumrah and Boult will rest, Pattinson and Dhawal Kulkarni will replace them. I am coming in in place of Jayant Yadav.
Just a few minutes before Rohit’s comeback, BCCI president Ganguly spoke about the Hitman’s chances of joining the Indian team in Australia for the white-ball and Test series, saying that he was keeping his fingers crossed for his return.
“Hope so he’s got a hamstring tear, that’s what was reported by the physio. But he’s a batsman not a fast bowler, We want him to recover because he is an asset for India.
“He (Rohit) along with Virat Kohli makes this side even stronger. I don’t know whether he will be fit for the white-ball cricket but fingers crossed both him and Ishant Sharma being fit for the Tests.
“Ishant Sharma would definitely be, and we are looking forward for Rohit to be fit for those 4 Tests,” Ganguly told India Today in an exclusive interview.
Rohit was not named in the ODI, T20I and Test squads for the Australia tour, with the BCCI stating that his fitness is being be monitored by the Indian team and MI physics. But just hours after the squads were announced, Rohit was seen hitting the nets in a video posted by MI on their social media accounts.
Team India head coach Ravi Shastri also stated that Rohit’s medical report states he could hurt himself again if he is rushed back. But with Rohit coming back for MI, it remains to be seen if he will be back in full flow or not.