According to various reports, there seems to be big changes coming up in Team India just before the start of the white-ball home series against Australia. Consequently, it is said that a top-order batter, likely to be Rohit Sharma, might be given a rest just before the 2019 World Cup.
The rest to Rohit might open the doors for a comeback by Ajinkya Rahane, which will add further pressure on an out-of-form KL Rahul to keep his place in the 2019 World Cup squad.
The chief of selectors, MSK Prasad, recently revealed that the Men in Blue have been relying on the youngsters to absorb the pressure and perform well under tough circumstances. He further clarified that Rahul has been added to India A team to help him regain his form back into the top-flight cricket.
India is on the back of a historic maiden Test series win over Australia Down Under followed by a 2-1 victory over the Aussies in the ODI format. The Men in Blue then visited New Zealand, where they thrashed the hosts 4-1 in the ODI series.
With India now ready to face the Australian team led by Aaron Finch at home, the management is ready to rest a few more senior players to ease their workload.
The rotation policy adopted by the selection committee has recently rested a lot of the senior pros. This blend of mixing the experienced players with the youth helps the team to stay competitive and improve the bench strength.
The captain of the Indian team across all three formats, Virat Kohli, recently decided to take rest from the last two ODIs and the T20I series against the Kiwis. Rohit Sharma led the team in his absence, with the Indian team losing the T20I series 2-1 after a brilliant series decider.
Karthik or Pant for the 2019 World Cup?
Apart from these decisions, one important decision is that of the successor of MS Dhoni in the Indian squad. The names of Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik are the most likely to replace the former Indian captain, with both the players wanting to confirm their place as the back-up option for MSD.
Bhuvneshwar, Shami out?
According to reports, the senior bowlers are also being planned to give a rest alongside the batters. The main event in England and Wales starts on 30th May and will run until the final at Lord’s on 14th of July.
Reports believe that pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami will be benched for a few games, with Jasprit Bumra, who was on a rest, is expected to make a come-back for the home series.
Moreover, the spin twins of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuvendra Chahal might also be used with care, since they also have to participate in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL).
The limited-overs tour of Australia to India will start with the first T20I of the two-game series in Vizag to begin on 24th of February.