Need to clear fitness test at NCA before I can resume training: Rohit Sharma

Mumbai: India’s limited overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma said he has fully recovered from the calf injury that forced him to leave the New Zealand tour midway earlier this year, but added the fitness test has been continuously delayed because of the COVID-19 lockdown.

Rohit had to return home after sustaining the injury during the T20 series against the Black Caps on February 2. He missed the three-match home ODI series against South Africa, which was abandoned due to the coronavirus, as he was undergoing rehabilitation.

Before the lockdown happened, I was almost ready to play. That whole week was going to be my fitness test, but that is when the lockdown happened. So, I had to push back everything,’ Rohit said during LaLiga’s Facebook Live session.

Once everything opens up, I have to first go to the centre (NCA) and give my fitness test. Once I pass the fitness test, I will be allowed to go and resume my duties with the team. Pacer Shardul Thakur on Saturday became the first India cricketer to resume outdoor training after a two-month coronavirus-forced break.

Rohit said he is missing hanging out with his teammates and is looking forward to train with them when things get back to normal. “Yes, I miss my teammates, hanging around with them and having a banter with them. As friends, we are trying to stay in touch through the video calls to see what’s one been up to, things like that. We manage that pretty well (during lockdown).

We stay together for almost 300 of the 365 days in a year. We play together and travel together, so it is like a family. The first thing I want to do is to catch up with all these guys and try and hit some balls as soon as I can, he signed off.