The T20I clash against Australia in their home ground will begin from November 21 at Brisbane and the in form Indian batsman is likely to miss out on that.
The men in blue is looking forward to create history in Australia by defeating the side in their home ground for the very first time. The lack of experienced players in the side has also opened gates of hope for the side.
Smith and Warner are already facing ban and won’t be available throughout the tour. With youngsters having limited experiences in the international context, it would be interesting to watch so as to how the Kangaroos are going to counter the men in blue attack.
However, the Indian team could face a huge blow ahead of the T20I series as per former speedster, Zaheer Khan. He has predicted the unavailability of the in form opening batsman and a part time captain of the side, Rohit Sharma in the first T20I at Brisbane. Such an alarming prediction is adequately supported by logical justifications as well.
Immediately after the termination of the final T20I against the Windies on Sunday, the hitman is scheduled to join the India A side for the four day game against New Zealand A in New Zealand. The team is coached by former test legend, Rahul Dravid.
This match of the long format is going to be very crucial for the master batsman as it would clear all apprehensions regarding his inclusion into the side for all the four test matches against Australia.
The swashbuckling player has highly impressive numbers in the white ball cricket format. He has recently become the only batsmen to score four centuries in T20IS. He also has three double hundreds to his credit in the ODIs. These numbers are however in dire contrast to those in red ball cricket format.
However the four day game against the Kiwis would end on November 19 and Rohit would definitely want to take a day off after that. This scenario has been viewed as the possibility of him missing the Brisbane T20I by former Indian speedster, Zaheer Khan.
Zaheer further explained that he would also have to travel from New Zealand to Australia to join the team for the series against the Australia which would be highly tiring. Players like him need ample rest to give their best performance in the field and since the first T20I is to start from November 21, the in form batsman will have to miss out as per the analysis done.
“He might miss is a T20I. Ya. It’s pretty hard otherwise. The travel does make you tired and takes that energy out. And also the game is not played in Australia, which is very tough to get your head around what exactly is the thought process behind it.”
It would be interesting to watch how Rohit manages his busy schedule before the already busy and cricket packed tour against Australia and make his appearance on the field for the maximum number of matches possible.