Natarajan called into India squad; Rohit facing fitness test

SYDNEY (AP) — India has drafted Thangarasu Natarajan into its limited-overs squad as injury cover for the tour of Australia and set a Dec. 11 date for Rohit Sharma’s fitness test in the hope of having the star batsman available for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

India and Australia were to meet Friday at the Sydney Cricket Ground to start a series of three one-day and three Twenty20 internationals. The four-match test series is set to start with a day-night match in Adelaide on Dec. 17.

With skipper Virat Kohli scheduled to leave the tour following the first test to be at home with his wife for the birth of their first child in January, India will need top-order backup that Sharma can offer.

India’s squad finished a 14-day quarantine in Australia on the eve of the series-opener, and the Board of Control for Cricket in India later released a statement saying Natarajan, a left-arm seamer, had been added to the squad as cover for Navdeep Saini, who had a back problem.

The uncapped Natarajan was already in India’s T20 squad after performing well for Sunrisers in the Indian Premier League.

The BCCI said Rohit Sharma was in Mumbai undergoing rehabilitation on an hamstring injury and his medical assessment next month “will have clarity on his participation in the upcoming Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Australia.”

Fast bowler Ishant Sharma has recovered from a side strain sustained during the IPL but has been ruled out of test series against Australia.

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Yuvraj Singh Takes a Cheeky Dig at Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant’s Fitness; Deletes Tweets Later

Questions over Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant’s fitness have been raised ever since the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced India’s squad for the upcoming tour of Australia. Although the young wicket-keeper got picked in the Test team, he has been sacked from the white-ball teams owing to ‘weight problems.’ On the other hand, Sharma has surprisingly not being named in any squad. The two Indian cricket stars had a conversation after Mumbai Indian’s recent fixture with Delhi Capitals. Later, MI’s Twitter account shared a candid picture from their conversation, expressing excitement for their six-hitting competition. While fans were flooding the comment section with different remarks, Yuvraj Singh took a hilarious dig at Sharma and Pant’s fitness. Rohit Sharma’s Medical Report Says He Could Be in Danger of Injuring Himself Again, Says Ravi Shastri.

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“Or a competition of fat percent on their cheeks @ritssajdeh,” commented Yuvraj. His antics didn’t stop there as in another comment he wrote: “It’s like ro is saying to pant tere gaal jyada Motey hain ya mere?” Notably, Yuvraj went on to delete both the comments but his remarks didn’t take long in catching the attention of fans. Rishabh Pant Lookalike: Aakash Chopra Finds Doppelganger of Delhi Capitals Wicket-Keeper.

MI’s Post:

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Here’s What Yuvraj Singh Commented!!

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Meanwhile, Sharma has been out of MI’s playing XI since the last few games owing to a hamstring injury. Nevertheless, he has been batting in nets, and Mumbai’s stand-in captain Kieron Pollard suggested that the Hitman will soon take the field. Also, the 33-year-old can still be included in Indian squad after getting the clearance from BCCI’s medical team.

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Indian Premier League (IPL): Focus stays on Rohit Sharma fitness

Table-toppers MI are on course to make it to the playoffs but the game is crucial for Rajasthan, who are languishing at seventh place and a loss would mean a step closer to elimination

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Skipper Rohit Sharma’s fitness would be a concern for defending champions Mumbai Indians as they aim to continue their dominant run, while a depleted Rajasthan Royals would hope to stay afloat when the two teams clash here on Sunday.

Mumbai roared back to form by crushing Chennai Super Kings by 10 wickets on Friday after their Super Over loss to Kings XI Punjab. Royals, on the other hand, lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad by eight wickets in their last game.

Table-toppers MI are on course to make it to the playoffs but the game is crucial for Rajasthan, who are languishing at seventh place and a loss would mean a step closer to elimination.

Questions remain on whether Rohit, who suffered a hamstring injury and missed the game against CSK, will be available on Sunday. However, Rohit’s absence was hardly felt on Friday as the young Ishan Kishan launched into CSK bowlers with gusto.

So did Quinton de Kock, continuing his sublime run. In the event of Rohit missing out on Sunday as well, the two will open again.

Mumbai’s middle-order has also been among runs — be it Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, all-rounder Kieron Pollard or Krunal Pandya. Their bowlers are also wreaking havoc.

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