Sunil Gavaskar, the little master, is more than happy to see Rohit Sharma fit and back in action. Not only it is good news for Mumbai Indians, as their skipper is once again available to lead the side in Indian Premier League playoffs, but also it is also a 'great news for Indian cricket' ahead of the Australian tour, Gavaskar said.
Rohit, who sustained a left hamstring injury during an IPL game against Kings XI Punjab, was back in for the toss against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday, a week after being excluded from the Australia-bound squad on fitness grounds.
"Whatever has transpired earlier with regards to his (Rohit) injury, keeping that aside, I would say it's a great news for Indian cricket that Rohit Sharma is fit," Gavaskar told YouTube channel "Sports Tak".
Earlier, the Indian cricket team's head coach Ravi Shastri, and the Board of Control for Cricket in India president Sourav Ganguly raised concerns surround Rohit's injury, urging the opener not to rush his comeback. Gavaskar feels their point is also completely "valid".
"Look, the concern shown by everyone collectively that there could be a rupture (if he hurries his return) is a valid one. But he looked confident. He fielded at the boundary ropes and also in the 30-yard circle," Gavaskar said.'Hamstring is absolutely fine': Did Rohit Sharma just snub BCCI?
The legendary opener said that if BCCI wants to put Rohit through another fitness test, there is no harm.
"He played the match to show that he is fit but if BCCI wants to test his fitness again, then there is nothing wrong in it. Because they want to check if he is fully fit or not."
"Maybe, he will be monitored. Normally, when you come back from injury, you need to play a few matches as match fitness determines your fitness status.
"Irrespective of how much you look fit in the nets, you are not stressed but when you have the pressure of a match, that gives an idea of how fit you are," he explained.
He, however, didn't want to want to be drawn into questions on whether Rohit will get his vice-captaincy back in case he makes it to the side.
"Captain, vice-captain shouldn't be an issue at all. The moot point is the player should be available to play and he is available," Gavaskar said.
"Twice Rohit was asked before and after the match and he said that he is fit and doing well. He seemed confident.
"So actually, there is no point going into the details of what happened earlier. Let's talk about today and today he is fit," he added.
(with PTI inputs)
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