Rohit Sharma’s injury to be assessed by BCCI on Sunday

Written by Abhishek Patil

Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma has left many bamboozled with his current injury situation. While he isn’t ruled out of the remaining games of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, there was no mention of him in India’s squad for the Australia tour.

Having missed the last three matches of MI due to a hamstring injury, Rohit remains a gruelling topic of discussion among fans and pundits. Speaking of the 33-year-old’s status, a Board of control for Cricket in India (BCCI) functionary revealed that a medical team is set to assess the veteran batsman’s injury on Sunday.

“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 told news agency ANI.

Rohit is said to have suffered a hamstring injury but the extent isn’t fully understood. He continues being treated by the medical team of MI in UAE and practices with the team on occasions in the nets. When it comes to attaining match fitness, the Hitman is still believed to be miles away.

When asked to explain the nuances of the acceleration and deceleration test that Rohit is expected to undergo, the 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.”

The Indian team is set to reach Australia on November 12 and Rohit could still make the cut for the all-important series if his injury shows signs of improvement in the days to come.

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