Rohit Sharma has been cleared to play for India against Australia after passing his fitness test.
The final assessment has been cleared at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.
Sharma will now be flying to Dubai and then Sydney on December thirteenth.
He is likely to be available for the final two Tests.
Upon reaching Sydney, Sharma will undergo a strict quarantine.
As he has not been in a bubble while with the National Cricket Academy, Sharma will have to go through the full quarantine.
He will be isolating for fourteen days in a separate bio-secure bubble.
He will not be able to train during the period, using outdoor facilities.
The quarantine is likely to keep Sharma out of the first two Tests in Adelaide in Melbourne.
Following the second Test, Sharma will integrate with the Indian team.
The integration, however, depends on travel restrictions that are in place between regions in Australia.
In case the travel conditions are favorable, Rohit Sharma will be with the side for the last two Tests.
His return likely ends the debate on his injury and availability.
Rohit Sharma hurt his hamstring during the double super over game against Kings XI Punjab in the IPL.
The injury kept him out for a few games, and it was during this period where the touring party for Australia was announced.
The squad announced didn’t feature Rohit Sharma in any format, and the BCCI stated that his fitness would be monitored along with Ishant Sharma.
He returned to the Mumbai Indians side and led the team in its final three games, as Mumbai won the title.
His status remained under confusion as Virat Kohli was also left confused by the proceedings.
Rohit Sharma’s participation put doubts on his fitness and condition, but seeing the progress, India named him in the squad for the final two Tests.
His inclusion remained on how his injury responded to the training at the National Cricket Academy.
His rehabilitation went well, but Rohit Sharma didn’t make it for the tour’s limited-overs leg due to workload and quarantine reasons.
Rohit Sharma’s break went as schedule as he is now set to return for the final two Tests with personal reasons in the mix.
Working with the National Cricket Academy allowed Rohit Sharma to return to full fitness and acquire the proper training to help him reach Test match fitness.
This year has been a tough one for Rohit Sharma, as the hamstring injury is the second injury he obtained.
During the New Zealand tour, Rohit Sharma tore his calf and couldn’t play the Test leg.
He recovered but tore his hamstring later in the IPL.
Along with injuries, he also had to attend to his father, who was unwell recently.
With training and fitness tests, Rohit Sharma has reached the required levels for Test match fitness, and the NCA seems satisfied with his condition.
He will continue his fitness sessions during quarantine but may not get to train as much.
The lack of training may be an issue, as Rohit Sharma’s last Test came in 2019.
With less training during the quarantine, Rohit Sharma may not be match ready by the third Test.
There is an eight-day gap between the second and third Tests, and the hole will be necessary for Rohit Sharma.
A couple of good training sessions may help as he last played Test Cricket in 2019.
Despite the lack of match preparation, Rohit Sharma may still find a place in the XI.
With Virat Kohli leaving after the third Test, Rohit Sharma will have a crucial role to play as the senior batsman.
His role is likely to be of more importance as the opening candidates haven’t been promising in the warm-up games.
Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill are the options present, while Mayank Agarwal may hold his place, and Rohit Sharma’s addition may prompt the side to play their experienced opener.
It is unclear whether he will play as an opener or a middle-order batsman, as his last appearance came at the top of the order.
His ability to play the short ball is another reason he may get the nod, as Rohit is a suitable puller.
He doesn’t have the most outstanding record in Australia, but his experience will come in handy.
He has played four Tests in Australia with two fifties.
His addition solves some issues for India, as crucial injuries have already hit the side.
Ishant Sharma has been ruled out, and Ravindra Jadeja is uncertain for the first Test.
Additionally, Ravichandran Ashwin did not look the fittest in the IPL, and his workload is uncertain.
Virat Kohli will be leaving after the first Test, which is why another experienced batsman’s return will come as a considerable boost.