Rohit Sharma still only ‘70% fit’, says Sourav Ganguly

Rohit Sharma may have returned to action as he played no less than three back-to-back matches for the Mumbai Indians, but BCCI President Saurav Ganguly says he is still only “70 per cent” fit.

Ganguly was asked by The Week in an interview about Rohit Sharma playing for his franchise not long after being left out of the India touring party for Australia on fitness grounds, to which the BCCI president replied, “Rohit is still 70 per cent [fit].”

“Why don’t you find out from Rohit himself? That is why he is still not picked for the ODIs and T20s down under. He has been added to the Test squad.”

During the Mumbai Indians’ match against the Kings XI Punjab in Dubai on October 18, Sharma had suffered a hamstring tear in his left leg. He didn’t play in the next four games but returned for the last three matches, helping the team snatch the title with a half-century in the final against the Delhi Capitals.

Sharma was first dropped from all three squads for Australia but later the BCCI selectors included him in the Test squad.

On November 3, Ganguly had asked Sharma to be cautious when deciding on his return for the Mumbai Indians.

“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,” Ganguly had said. “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.”

“Who should know [about player injuries]? We know, the Indian physio knows, the NCA knows,” Ganguly said. “I think people don’t know how the BCCI works. The BCCI trainers, physio and Wriddhi himself know that he has two hamstring issues. People don’t understand injuries, that is why they talk rubbish.

“Wriddhi is travelling to Australia because he will be fit for Tests. He is not part of the shorter formats. For the entire duration of the IPL, Indian physios and trainers were in Dubai. [India physio] Dr. Nitin Patel is managing injuries and monitoring it all.”