Sourav Ganguly, the BCCI president said that Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma still can fly to Australia if they are declared fit. He is also quoted by PTI saying, the Indian cricket board wants him in Australia.
Ganguly on Rohit Sharma
In an interview with Hindustan Times, Sourav Ganguly informed, “We are monitoring Ishant and Rohit. Ishant is not completely out. He will become a part of the Test series. With Rohit, we want him fit for Australia. At some stage if he is fit, I am sure the selectors will rethink his position.” He added, “They can be sent later. There are flights to Australia, we can make them fly if they are declared fit.”
Later Ganguly told PTI, “Rohit is injured at the moment. Otherwise, why would we leave out a player like him. He is the vice-captain of the national (limited-overs) team”. He further informed that Rohit Sharma is being monitored by the BCCI team and they definitely want him in Australia. “We will have to assess him. I don’t know (when he can come back). He hasn’t played so far since the time he has got injured. We want him to recover. It’s the BCCI’s job to get their best players on the park. If he recovers, he plays.”
Ganguly on Ishant Sharma
While speaking about Ishant Sharma, the BCCI president said that Ishant Sharma is doing well with “Yes, we are expecting Ishant to be back for the Test matches. He has already started bowling from shorter run-ups and short spells. He has bowled at NCA. But as there is a BCCI protocol for fast bowlers, Ishant will be playing the two first-class games in Australia.”
Former Indian captain further opined, “Injuries are a part of sport and it will happen. The lesser you play, the more injured you will get. The more you keep playing, your body gets fitter, stronger and you will get less injured.”