MUMBAI: Despite being ruled out of India’s tour of Australia due to a hamstring injury, Rohit Sharma‘s rather surprising decision to turn out for the Mumbai Indians‘ last league game against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday night in IPL 2020 in UAE has left many stumped, and stoked a big controversy.
The development has once again raised an issue which has been simmering ever since the lucrative IPL began in 2008 – is club more important or country? “It’s intriguing that Rohit Sharma, the most accomplished batsman of Team India, who was only a few days ago declared unfit to tour Australia by the Indian team’s physio (Nitin Patel) and hence not selected for the trip, is playing and leading MI in the IPL.
“Now, the question here is, is the IPL more important to him than playing for India? Is the club more important than playing for the nation for him? Will the BCCI take a call on this? Or is it that the BCCI physio faltered in diagnosing Rohit’s injury correctly,” former India skipper Dilip Vengsarkar told TOI.
India will tour Australia for a full series after the IPL final next week and Rohit, who has a stunning white ball record in Australia, will be missed. The Mumbai batsman has four hundreds in ODIs against Australia in Australia and has scored 990 runs in 19 matches at a strike rate of 90.99. In T20Is, he has 181 runs in nine games.
Doubts over Rohit’s fitness status were evident when MI tweeted a video of him practicing just a few hours after the selectors left him out of the tour to Australia due to the hamstring injury.