Rohit may be rested for Australia T20Is
It seems that India’s vice-captain Rohit Sharma will not play the upcoming two T20Is against Australia as the skipper Virat Kohli will be back in full swing. Since the last couple of months, the team management has been rotating the players in a bid to do a proper experiment ahead of the World Cup.
Needless to say, the national selection committee is now unlikely to make any experiment while they choose the squad for the five-match ODI series against Australia on February 15 in Mumbai.
The five-match ODI series is expected to be played in Hyderabad with the first match expected to be played on March 2 at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad.
The team for the 2 T20 International matches will be played in Visakhapatnam on February 24 and Bengaluru on February 27 respectively.
There is a chance that selectors may pick 16 members for the ODIs instead of 15 in a bid to check all the players in competition for the world cup.
Rohit Sharma may be rested
“There is a possibility that Rohit Sharma may be rested for the two T20 Internationals as Virat Kohli will be back. But when it comes to selecting the ODI squad, there won’t be any experiments with only five matches to go,” a top BCCI official ahead of selection process told PTI on Tuesday.
When asked about the workload management programme, the official said, “Most of our ODI boys will be getting good two and half weeks of rest. Well, the pacers can be rotated during the five matches but no one will be kept out of the squad and rested. Workload management will be required more during the IPL.
“As of now, there are only two spots that are up for grabs. The battle is for second wicket-keeper between Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant along with third opener’s slot. The team management at least won’t experiment during the first three games,” he said.
Shikhar Dhawan may also be rested
There is also a possibility that Shikhar Dhawan may be rested for the final two ODIs to ensure if KL Rahul has found his rhythm back in a bid to keep him fully prepared for the mega event.
“However, it won’t be a case of any surprise selection as of now. It will just be a case of who plays on the day. Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar and Shami are all fit and available. Along with Khaleel, these four will be rotated to check the combination, more than the workload management,” the official added.