Gambhir hits out at BCCI for not involving Kohli in Rohit saga
There has been a lot of controversy and confusion in the Board of Control for Cricket in India of late. The richest cricket body is responsible for dealing with internal matters smoothly. However, they couldn’t give proper clarity on Rohit Sharma’s absence.
Rohit Sharma was expected to fly to Australia along with his teammates after the conclusion of the IPL. After helping Mumbai Indians to fifth IPL title, the star cricketer took the flight to Bangalore to head to the NCA.
Meanwhile, the BCCI source stated that no one in the governing body knows why Rohit headed to the NCA instead of travelling to Australia. Earlier, Rohit Sharma was not picked for any of the team squad for Australia tour.
After Rohit returned to the last game of the league stage match against SRH, it was learnt that he attained desirable levels of fitness. Later on, BCCI named Rohit in the Team India Test squad.
Even now there is still no clarity whether or not Rohit will participate in the Test series. BCCI had requested CA to relax quarantine norms for the limited-overs captain if he wants to take part in the red-ball format.
Indian team captain Virat Kohli in a virtual press conference said: “Rohit Sharma played in IPL so everyone thought he was in the flight to Australia which he wasn’t and the reason was not told then only other info we got was he is in NCA and he will be assessed on December 11th. There has been lack of clarity in the injury of Rohit Sharma”.
Gambhir slams BCCI:
Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir has launched a scathing attack on the BCCI for not involving Virat Kohli in Rohit Sharma’s saga. It is obvious that both players namely Kohli and Rohit are just a text away from communicating and clarifying things with each other. But Kohli himself is not aware of what’s going on.
“That’s not right. You have to back Virat Kohli on this. He’s the captain, he’s the guy who is leading on the cricket field. He’s the guy who is going to face the criticism. He’s the guy who has got to face all the fire. So he should be always there in the mix. He should know, exactly what’s happening with all the players,” the former Indian opener told ESPNcricinfo.
“And that is the responsibility of the selectors, that is the responsibility of probably the chairman as well. Virat Kohli should always be in the loop because he is the flagbearer of Indian cricket at the moment. If something goes wrong, we end up criticizing the captain a lot,” Gautam Gambhir added in a statement.