India tour of Australia: Glenn Maxwell has stated that Rohit Sharma’s absence in the ODI and T20I series will be a huge positive for them.
Rohit Sharma will miss ODIs and T20Is in Australia. (Reuters Photo)
- Rohit Sharma will miss India ODIs and T20Is in Australia
- Rohit Sharma suffered a hamstring injury during IPL 2020
- Rohit will be a part of the 4-match Test series starting December 17
As confirmed by the BCCI, on November 9, India’s limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma was ruled out of the ODI and T20I series in Australia. Rohit, who wasn’t named in the ODI and T20I squads of Team India, was included in the squad for the 4-match Test series down under.
In this regard, as the Indian opener misses out 3 ODIs and as many T20Is from November 27 to December 8, Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has said it is a positive thing for the hosts since Rohit’s absence will hugely impact the Indian batting unit.
“He (Rohit) is a class performer, so consistent as an opening batsman with a couple of (three) double hundreds. So anytime he is not in the line-up against you, it is a positive,” Maxwell told reporters.
However, Maxwell also rated prolific cricketer KL Rahul as the perfect backup for Rohit Sharma.
“But in saying that, India have still got back-ups, more than capable of playing that role. We saw KL Rahul, the performance that he put on during the last IPL was extraordinary. Whether he opens the batting or not, I am sure he will be just as good a player,” Maxwell said during a virtual media interaction.
Earlier, on October 26, the BCCI had released full squads for the Australia tour and the big name missing, besides Ishant Sharma, was that of Rohit Sharma across the 3 formats. In the update release of the BCCI, on the eve of the final of IPL 2020, Rohit found a place in the Test squad but Ishant’s name was still missing. Both cricketers are at the NCA in Bangalore, working on their recovery from respective injuries.