India’s limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma said he is raring to get back to action and hang out with his teammates following the enforced break due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Talking up the atmosphere in the Indian dressing room, Rohit Sharma said he has missed the fun and the banter and that he is looking forward to ‘catching up’ with his mates.

Speaking to football presenter Joe Morrison on La Liga’s Facebook page, Rohit Sharma said: “Yes, I miss that although we as friends are trying to stay in touch through the video calls and video conference calls to see what’s one been up to, things like that and we manage that pretty well.

“Yes, I miss my teammates, hanging around with them and also have some banter here and there because when you are playing together, from almost 365 days we are together for 300 days, we are playing, travelling together, so it’s like a family with all these guys.

“So the first thing I want to do is to catch up with all these guys and try hit some balls as soon as I can.”

Rohit Sharma had missed the latter half of India’s tour of New Zealand, their last international assignment before the Covid-19 pandemic brought the sporting calendar to a grinding halt. Rohit suffered a calf injury and had to miss the Test series that India lost 2-0.

Before the lockdown, I was ready to play: Rohit

Rohit revealed that he was almost ready to return to action before the lockdown was enforced in India due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Rohit is not sure when he will be able to join his teammates if the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) organises a skill-based training camp for the contracted players due to the pandemic situation in Mumbai.

“In India, it is going to be different as certain parts of the country have been affected the most and certain parts which have not been affected a lot. So I am assuming that those places might open up a lot earlier than Mumbai, the city where I stay and which is the most infected. I feel the other guys will send me videos of catching up with each other a lot earlier than I do,” Rohit Sharma said.

“Before the lockdown started I was almost ready to play. That whole week was going to be my fitness test but unfortunately I had to push back on things. Once the lockdown is over I will go to the center and give my fitness test and after I pass my fitness test I will be able to resume playing with my team once again.”

Even as restrictions were lifted in the 4th phase of lockdown in India, the BCCI said it would wait until May 31 to take a call on organising a skill-based training camp for its contracted players.

Fans are so important: Rohit

Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma said sports persons across the world will get to understand the importance of fans in the near future, considering matches are expected to be played behind closed doors once the sport resumes.

“Fans are so important for any sporting events across the world. They make the sport look so glamorous and right now we’ll understand the importance of them not being there at least for a little while.

“At the moment safety of people is of utmost importance and once those measures have been taken, then there can be allowance of the fans to come to the stadium and watch the game. Safety is very important and that will be taken into consideration before taking any measures,” Rohit said.

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