This article was published before BCCI confirmed late on Thursday that Rohit Sharma will be assessed on December 11; it has now been updated to reflect the new developments.
On the night Rohit Sharma was not named in any of the three squads to tour Australia, former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar had called for more transparency regarding the nature of the injury sustained by the opener.
His observation had come after the Board of Control for Cricket in India had said his fitness was being monitored, but then Mumbai Indians proceeded to publish a video of him batting in the nets.
We are talking about the Test matches, which are a month and a half way,” Gavaskar had told broadcaster Star Sports. “And if he is practising in the nets for Mumbai Indians, then honestly I don’t know what kind of injury it is. I think a little bit of transparency, a little bit of openness about what actually is the problem with him will help everybody.
Gavaskar had gone on to add: “The Indian cricket fan deserves to know, more than anything else. The franchisees, I understand. They don’t want to give their hand away. They don’t want to give the oppositions any psychological advantage. But we are talking about the Indian team here.”
As it turns out, Gavaskar was being rather naive. When Virat Kohli, the India captain, doesn’t know what is happening with Rohit Sharma
On the eve of the ODI series against Australia, Kohli finally shed light on just how poorly the entire issue has been managed by everyone involved.