Cricket news - Hamstring is fine but still some work needs to be done - Rohit

"I thought if I get to work on my body for 25 days, I can probably go and play the Test matches"

"I thought if I get to work on my body for 25 days, I can probably go and play the Test matches"

Rohit Sharma cleared the air over the controversy that erupted over his non-inclusion in all the three Indian teams for the upcoming tour of Australia and said that he was in constant communication with the BCCI.

"Hamstring is feeling absolutely fine. Just started the process of getting it nice and strong. Before I play the longer format, I absolutely needed to be clear in mind that there is no stone that is left unturned, that's probably the reason, I'm at the NCA," Rohit told PTI. "So for me, it was not a concern what x, y or z was talking about like whether he would make it to Australia."

The Mumbai Indians captain was laid low with an hamstring injury and had missed a few games for his franchise in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The new selection panel, headed by Sunil Joshi, announced the squads for the Australia series on October 26 and one of the names missing from all the three squads was that of Rohit Sharma. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) didn't specify the exact reason for Rohit's omission, only mentioning that the Mumbai batsman would be constantly monitored by the BCCI medical panel.

Surprisingly, the Mumbai Indians released a social media video where Rohit was seen practicing, hours after being left out of the Australia bound team, leading to experts like Sunil Gavaskar asking the board to be transparent regarding player injuries. Rohit was later included in the Test squad once news emerged that India captain, Virat Kohli, would be leaving Australia after the first Test in Adelaide on paternity leave.

Rohit, however, cleared the misconceptions about the injury and the subsequent confusion over the Australia series. "I don't know what was going on, to be honest, and what all were people talking about. But let me put this on record, I was constantly communicating with BCCI and Mumbai Indians," Rohit said.

The 33-year old returned towards the last phase of Mumbai Indians' league campaign and then hit a 50-ball 68 in the final against Delhi Capitals, thereby helping his franchise lift the coveted trophy for the record fifth time.

Neither the franchise nor the Indian board specified the extent of his injury, but Rohit said he wasn't perturbed with all the talks, concentrating only on getting his 'hamstring injury' healed. The star batsman is currently recuperating at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru and is expected to join his teammates in Australia ahead of the first Test in Adelaide on December 17.

"Once the injury happened, the next two days all I did was to figure out what I can do in the next 10 days? Whether I will be able to play or not? Unless one goes to the ground, one won't know how the body is shaping up," he added.

While Rohit did manage his injury, it came as a surprise to many when he actually did make a comeback, just ahead of the IPL playoffs - a move that resulted in adding more fuel to the fire. The batsman though remained unfussed saying that he was working on a plan all along. "I told them (Mumbai Indians) that I can take the field since it is the shortest format and I will be able to manage the situation quite nicely. Once I made my mind clear, it was all about focussing on what I needed to do," he said.

Rohit though confirmed that while he was feeling a lot better, he was still not a 100% fit - which meant that he couldn't risk being part of the white-ball series down under. "Of course, there is still some work that needs to be done on my hamstring. That's why I didn't go to Australia for the white-ball leg as there are back-to-back games. Around 6 games in 11 days," he said, on the upcoming ODI and Twenty20 series.

"So I thought if I get to work on my body for 25 days, I can probably go and play the Test matches. So it was an easy decision for me and I don't know why it became so complicated for others," he said.