India captain Rohit Sharma has added that fitness woes have become a major concern for the team after their 2-1 series defeat to Australia in Chennai on Wednesday. Team India won’t have the services of Jasprit Bumrah and Shreyas Iyer during the series, as both are injured. Notably, Bumrah has been struggling with injuries since last year and he is expected to miss the IPL 2023 also.
Shreyas Iyer also had a back issue during the final Test of the Border-Gavaskar trophy and, according to the latest reports, he is all set to undergo surgery and miss the IPL and the World Test Championship final. While speaking after the Chennai ODI, as quoted by Sportskeeda, Rohit added that the fitness issues have become a concern for the team as well.
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“It is concerning. We are missing the players who are actually the playing XI players. Honestly, everyone’s trying their best to get everyone on the park. We’ve been focusing a lot on management of the players, which is why we have to rest certain players at certain point of time. From our side, we could do our best in terms of handling them. But, I am not a specialist to tell you why recurring injuries are happening. The medical team of ours is looking into all of this and making sure that, come the World Cup, we’ve got our best 15 players ready,” said Rohit Sharma.
“Not looking too much into it. What’s in your hands, you can control that and we are just trying to control all of that. Players are frustrated as well. They want to play; they don’t want to miss out. It’s a little sad, but at the end of the day you cannot really do too much. Freakish injuries can happen at any point of time. Shreyas was sitting the whole day. He just went to take a knock and the injury happened,” concluded Rohit Sharma.