India limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma has revealed he was always confident that the injury was not that serious and he would be battle-ready for the tour of Australia, amidst all the chaos regarding his hamstring setback.
The 34-year-old, Rohit, in a detailed conversation with PTI, opened about the left hamstring injury during the IPL, which became a hot topic of discussion, after he returned to action for MI within days of being left out of the Australia tour, initially,
"I don't know what was going on, to be honest, and what all were people talking about. But let me put this on record, I was constantly communicating with BCCI and Mumbai Indians," Rohit told news agency PTI.
Rohit played a match-winning knock of 68 runs in the final of the recently concluded IPL, leading his team to a record-extending fifth title of the cash-lucrative league. Australia-bound Rohit is currently doing strength and conditioning work at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru, ahead of the Test series Down Under.
"I told them (Mumbai Indians) that I can take the field since it's the shortest format (T20) and I will be able to manage the situation quite nicely. Once I cleared my head, it was all about focussing on what I needed to do," he said.
"Hamstring is feeling absolutely fine. Just started the process of getting it nice and strong. Before I play the longer format, I absolutely needed to be clear in mind that there is no stone that is left unturned, that's probably the reason, I'm at the NCA," Rohit added.
Rohit has been rested for the white-ball leg of the tour. However, he will feature in the longer format, and his presence will be a massive boost with skipper Virat Kohli returning home after the first Test in Adelaide.
Melbourne will host the traditional Boxing-Day Test while Sydney and Brisbane have been slated to host the third and fourth Test, respectively.