India Blue, India Red and 2017 Vijay Hazare Trophy winners Tamilnadu will contest for the Deodhar Trophy 2017.
A lot of times we are left wondering, what have we done wrong to be experiencing many setbacks and heartbreaks. And, more often than not, setbacks seem to occur too frequently.
Rohit Sharma, who was named as India Blue captain, is probably thinking along those lines too, having suffered an injury setback just as he was attempting to complete his comeback into competitive cricket. The stylish Mumbai batsman was battling back from a long injury layoff and played for Mumbai in a couple of Vijay Hazare Trophy fixtures, against Andhra and Goa earlier this month.
On his Twitter handle during the rehabilitation period, Rohit had repeatedly displayed frustration at being out of the Indian squads and being unable to hit a cricket ball for a good three-month period. Through the same medium, in early January, he explicitly announced that he was targeting the ongoing four-Test series between India and Australia to make his comeback to the national side, having missed the five-Test and limited-overs series against England and the solitary Test against Bangladesh.
Guys thank you for all your concern I’m not fit yet but I am targeting the Australia series if all goes well thank you for the love.
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) January 6, 2017
Man I miss playing……
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) February 21, 2017
Unfortunately for Rohit, he did not make the Indian squad even for the final two Tests against Australia. Looking ahead, Rohit would have at least wanted to harness the two preliminary matches in Deodhar Trophy to gain some rhythm ahead of IPL 2017.
But the situation has only become worse for Rohit and he is probably in a race against time to be fit for Mumbai Indians’s first match of this upcoming IPL season, against Rising Pune Supergiants on April 6.
The MI skipper has suffered a knee injury in the lead-up to India Blue’s first match of the tournament, against India Red, on Saturday (March 25). Rohit’s injury is said to be “minor”.
Another Indian player who has suffered a setback and has been ruled out is Kedar Jadhav, who was named in the India Red squad for the upcoming Deodhar Trophy. The Maharashtra batsman is said to be suffering from a stomach ailment.
In the grand scheme of things, this duo will be critical to India’s chances of retaining the Champions Trophy in June this year.