India tour of Australia: Varun Chakravarthy picked despite being unfit
Kolkata spinner Varun Chakravarthy, who has been picked for India's T20I squad against Australia, is reportedly struggling with a shoulder injury so much so that he cannot throw a ball. It is being quoted that the spinner has a labrum tear in his shoulder which is not affecting his bowling, but is putting pressure on his throws. He has been struggling with the problem for a long while, but the extent nettled as the Indian T20 League progressed.
The 29-year-old was declared fit by in the fitness report submitted by the Indian team’s physio Nitin Patel before being named in the squad. “The selectors weren’t informed about the injury. Now it’s up to the selectors to pick Varun for the Australian tour or not. It will be selectors call,” a BCCI official told The Indian Express.
The fitness of the BCCI-contracted players during the Indian T20 League is assessed by the franchise itself, but in case of an injury, it has to keep the BCCI physio in the loop. And Indian Express quote that Kolkata passed on the information of the injury after their Indian T20 League ended, which is even after the squads were announced.
The news comes as a major blow as India already have a few of their senior players nursing their respective injuries. Rohit Sharma was barred from all three formats. The vice-captain, however, made a comeback in Mumbai's final few games of the Indian T20 League. Apart from the opener, wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha and pacer Ishant Sharma are also struggling with injuries.
Meanwhile, India's tour of Australia kicks off with three ODIs from November 27, followed by T20s from December 4 before the first of the four Tests starts on December 17.
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