Team India is going to continue with their rest policy. The team management and the selectors will continue to rest pivotal players ahead of the World Cup to keep them fit. In fact, Virat Kohli was rested from the recently concluded Asia Cup. Furthermore, sources confirm that the Indian skipper can once again take rest to keep him afresh.

Meanwhile, Virat Kohli workload is always under the scanner. Kohli has played almost all the matches for the Indian team in the recent past excluding the Asia Cup. Moreover, as the Indian skipper is the most consistent Indian batsman, his workload is unparallel with anyone.

India vs Windies 2018, Virat Kohli, Courtney Walsh
Virat Kohli. Credits: BCCI Twitter

It makes sense to rest pivotal players.

Similarly, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah were told to take rest from the ongoing series against the Windies. Bhuvneshwar Kumar had returned for the Asia Cup after the back injury. India’s pack leader had to miss the Test series against England due to the same.

Bumrah had also suffered a finger injury in the T20Is series against Ireland. Thus, he had to miss out on the limited-overs leg against England. Similarly, Hardik Pandya had suffered an acute back injury in the Asia Cup.

India, Rest, Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Consequently, it is imperative for the Indian think tank to be smart in their selection approach. India’s schedule is always a hectic one and hence it makes sense to grant rest to the top players.

“Virat could be rested again if need be to ensure he is fit for the World Cup. It is a rotation policy which the team has initiated to keep the best combination for the World Cup in June 2019,” a BCCI source said as per The Times of India.

Furthermore, Ishant Sharma is also on the path to recovery from his injury. India’s next assignment after the series against Windies is the tour of Australia. Hence, it is crucial to have fresh legs in the team.