Former India opener Gautam Gambhir believes that the lack of communication between the Indian team management and the selectors regarding Rohit Sharma’s injury is ‘unfortunate’ and that head coach Ravi Shastri should have told captain Virat Kohli about it.
Before the start of the ODI series against Australia, Kohli expressed displeasure over the speculation about Rohit’s injury and said that due to ‘unclear picture and misunderstanding’, the team management kept ‘just waiting’ about his availability. . Gambhir said that all sides could have dealt with this situation better.
He said, ‘It is unfortunate because the captain is saying that he is not aware of this. The most important three persons in this whole case are the chief physio, the head coach and the chairman of the selection committee.
Gambhir said on Star Sports ‘Cricket Connected,’ these people should have been unanimous. The head coach should have given fresh information about Rohit Sharma to Virat Kohli.
Gambhir said that Rohit is an integral part of the Indian batting line-up and was needed during the tour of Australia. He said, “You are going to the press conference and saying that there is no latest information about Rohit Sharma’s injury which is quite unfortunate because he is an important player.” He said, “There could have been better dialogue and coordination on this issue, which was lacking.”
Former India batsman VVS Laxman also agreed with Gambhir that Rohit should have been part of the team. He said, ‘Rohit should have been chosen. This lack of dialogue is disappointing. I am surprised that this is the situation in this era of WhatsApp groups and communication. ‘
He said, ‘There will definitely be a WhatsApp group between the team management, the selection committee and the medical team of the board. Generally everything is told to the team management.