The Indian team will likely rest Rohit Sharma, Washington Sundar, and Rishabh Pant for the upcoming three-match ODI series against England. Out of the ten cricketers staying in the bio-secure bubble since the beginning of IPL 2020 with a five-day break in between, India managed to rest eight of them. With the squad for T20Is announced too, leaving out Rishabh Pant and Washington Sundar, the other eight could likely opt for breaks before joining their respective franchises for IPL 2021.
On Saturday, BCCI took a drastic step in that way by releasing Jasprit Bumrah from the Test squad, making him unavailable for the fourth and final Test against England. Reportedly, the selectors gave the players an option to rest even before they picked the team for the five-match T20I rubber against England, given the challenges associated with staying in the bio-secure bubble. However, the players understood to have refused it.
With their hands already tied with international cricket and IPL, the selectors have already begun their planning for the future. Aside from the ICC World Test Championship final, there is a tour of England, where India will participate in five Tests. Furthermore, there is a T20 World Cup at home alongside an away series against South Africa. Thus, all the members are aware of the mental health risks that they might be prone to by remaining in the bio-bubble.
Rohit Sharma, Washington Sundar, and Rishabh Pant have been constantly in action since IPL 2020:
Meanwhile, as per recent developments, the selectors could likely rest Rohit Sharma, Washington Sundar, and Rishabh Pant from the three-match ODI series in Pune against England. All three cricketers have been continuously in action since the IPL 2020, after which they travelled to Australia and been part of the ongoing series in India. Hence, they will need a break before getting ready for IPL, slated to commence in April likely. While Rohit played only the Tests in Australia, he committed himself to rehabilitation after suffering an injury.