Rohit Sharma, the Indian Opener has been enjoying his great form in the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy, in which the India has already reached the final to reclaim the title for consecutive two editions of the tournament. Rohit had scored an unbeaten century against Bangladesh in the semifinal match played at Edgbaston on Thursday. The Opener stayed till the end with the score of 123 on 129 balls.
Post the Champions trophy, India will be travelling to West Indies for five ODIs and a lone T20. The Indian team for the West Indies tour was released yesterday by the Indian Cricket team Selection Committee. It was expected early that BCCI would rest most of the senior players amid their hectic days of cricket. But on the surprise note, most of the senior players including Captain Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and Yuvraj are included in the team giving the fans a chance to rejoice continuous cricket.
Rohit Sharma and Bumrah are the only notable names missing out from the squad. And that leads to few rumors around the cricketing circle on the reasons for their name not been added.
Virat Kohli on the exclusion of Rohit Sharma
And when Kohli was asked about the exclusion of Rohit from the West Indies tour, he cleared all the doubts which were there by saying,
“Rohit has come back from injury and had a full IPL season, which was very hectic. His side reached the final and he got lesser rest than anyone else. Plus, he had a massive hip surgery and the muscles around that area are always vulnerable and today he felt some stiffness in his right knee.”
“So, we have taken a decision to rest him. He is playing so well and there is no doubt on what he brings to the team. We need to protect him going further because in the latter half of the year, we have massive tours coming up and his batting contribution will be a huge factor for us.”
“So, we want him to be careful because, after a massive surgery, you need to be careful. If you push yourself, you might end up missing 7 or 8 more months. It was a conscious decision by everyone in the team to rest him for the series against West Indies.”
So there is the reason for his exclusion, ending all the rumors to stay rumors.