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Rohit Sharma returned to India from UAE as father contracted Covid-19

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Noah Ferguson | 27 November, 2020, 06:09

However, as per a report in Sports Today, Rohit returned to India to see his father, who had contracted COVID-19.

"If there is a T20 game and he needs to just bowl four overs, Ishant is good to go immediately, but for him to get back to Test-match fitness, he needs four weeks of proper bowling still", a BCCI source said.

A rapidly grown pace battery and presence of impressive Test performers in the Indian side and comeback of David Warner and Steve Smith in the Australian camp will make it a hotly-contested series between the two nations, says Pakistani great Waqar Younis.

For Ishant Sharma, the team management is also looking to retain one of the players like Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur from the white-ball squads for the Test series. Both the players are now at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru for their respective rehab programmes.

Rohit, while talking to PTI last week, had stated that his hamstring injury is fine now and he is only working on strength and conditioning to be battle-ready at the NCA. "They will decide on when he could be back, but things could get hard if we have to wait for too long (speaking about the 14-day quarantine in Australia)".

While the white-ball members of the squad take on Australia in the second Twenty20 global, the Test specialists and the fringe members begin their preparations for the Test series with a three day game against Australia "A" at the Drummoyne Oval, Sydney, on December 6.

Earlier on Tuesday (November 24) it was confirmed that Rohit and pacer Ishant Sharma will miss the first two Tests against Australia and are also doubtful for the remaining two after it was conveyed to the BCCI that the duo will require close to a month to be match fit.

"He's going through some tests at the NCA and they're obviously going to decide how long he needs to take a break". You don't really know how quickly he'll be available to fly out. If he's going to play red-ball cricket in the build-up for the Tests (as with Ishant), they need to be on the flight within the next 4-5 days.

The duo, after breaking down during the Indian Premier League in the United Arab Emirates, has been undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. "Otherwise, it's very hard".

According to a BCCI functionary, the 32-year-old would have had a better chance of featuring in the Test series had he flown directly to Australia with the other squad members after taking part in the IPL in the United Arab Emirates, the report further stated.

The team management has reportedly said that the two players should be sent over to Australia only if they are fully fit.

Terming skipper Virat Kohli as the driving force of this Indian team, Shastri backed his decision to return for the birth of his first child.

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