After raising controversy by ignoring Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma for the upcoming Australia tour due to a hamstring injury, the BCCI team is set to assess India’s limited overs Vice-Captain’s fitness on Sunday & will take a final call on whether he is fit enough to be a part of the series or not.
Speaking to media, a BCCI member confirmed that the MI captain will be assessed on Sunday & the area of focus will be his acceleration & deceleration process.
“Rohit will be assessed tomorrow and a call will be taken after that on whether he is good to go. As is the case with hamstring injuries, the real challenge is the sprints and the acceleration and deceleration process will be the focus to understand if he has recovered fully or will need a little more time,” the functionary said.
After being asked to explain the rules of the acceleration & deceleration test the BCCI functionary said, “See, when you have a hamstring injury which isn’t a Grade II tear, you wouldn’t have a problem walking or playing normal shots. The area of concern is quick sprints or as you say running between the wickets.
“The hamstring muscles come into play when a person needs to suddenly run a quick single or needs to stop fast and turn at the non-striker’s end for a double. While you accelerate at the beginning of the sprint, you decelerate when you need to stop and turn. This is when the focus is 100 per cent on the functionality of the hamstring muscles. So, if you have recovered completely, you wouldn’t have an issue in either acceleration or deceleration.”
After getting his hamstring injured during the twin Super Over against KXIP on October 18, Rohit had to sit out since the last three games for MI. In the last game against RCB on Wednesday, Mumbai beat RCB by stupendous five wickets & sealed their place in the playoffs.
The Indian team is set to leave for Australia directly from the UAE after the completion of IPL 2020 & has seen the national team coaching staff, as well as Test specialists Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari, arrive in the country.