Rohit Sharma, who made Mumbai Indians the IPL champions for the fifth time, scored a 68-run match-winning knock against Delhi Capitals in the final but Saurabh Ganguly, chairman of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, believes Rohit is only 70 per cent fit.
Rohit was injured in the left hamstring on October 18 while taking a run against Kings XI Punjab. He did not play the next four matches in Mumbai after that. But he played in the last league match, first qualifier and final. In the final, he scored 68 runs for his team.
When the national selectors announced the ODI, T20 and Test team for the tour of Australia, Rohit was not included in any team, describing him as unfit. There was a lot of criticism because Rohit was practicing. Rohit then played the last three matches in Mumbai which included qualifiers and finals.
After the selectors discussed Rohit a day before the IPL final, he was rested from the ODI and T20 series in Australia so that he could regain his full fitness. Rohit was included in the Indian team of four Tests for the Border Gavaskar Trophy. India's tour of Australia will start from 27 November and will run till 19 January.
Rohit has not left for Australia with the Indian team and has returned home. Regarding Rohit's fitness, Ganguly told The Week that Rohit is only 70 per cent fit, which is why he was not selected for ODIs and T20s but has been included in the Test team. On Rohit playing later in the IPL, Ganguly said that only Rohit can tell better about this. Rohit will now undergo rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru and will leave for Australia when he passes the fitness test where the first Test of the series will be played in Adelaide from 17 December.