The Mumbai batsman will be reassessed at the NCA on December 11. It is learnt that his hamstring is doing “pretty fine” but he needs to have enough strength and fitness to sustain the rigours of Test cricket.
The process is more about him “getting back in good shape”.
On Sunday, Sharma posted pictures from NCA on his Instagram handle, looking leaner than he seemed during the IPL.
“Unless the physio gives a clean chit, a player can’t undergo a high-intensity fitness test. But if he is undergoing a rehab for an injury to his lower body, he can work on his upper body’s conditioning and shed weight. A lighter upper body will ensure he doesn’t put much strain on the dodgy hamstring,” a BCCI source said.
While everyone is wondering how his rehab is progressing at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru, TOI has learnt that Sharma is also putting in the extra yards, working on getting leaner and shedding a few kilograms, in order to cut down chances of frequent niggles in future.
“Rohit doesn’t want to take any chance this time. He is very conscious about fitness standards. He has been plagued by injuries over the last year. Then the lockdown happened but he had been on the road for two years too,” the source added.
“That didn’t really give him much of a chance to work on his fitness. Now he wants to ensure he is in perfect shape. His body is ready to endure the rigours of non-stop cricket over the next year.”