An IPL season just ahead of the World Cup has caused a lot of problems for the players with managing their workload being on the top of the list. Indian skipper Virat Kohli also addressed the issue on the eve of the 1st T20I against Australia.
We might see few of the World Cup-bound players taking rest during IPL to be fit for the event, with Kohli being the first player to do so. Here’s a look at top three players who should manage their workload and rest themselves during IPL 2019 –
Virat Kohli – The first and topmost name on the list should be that Indian skipper Virat Kohli. He had missed a number of series in 2018/19 and the 1st T20I vs Australia was a comeback game for him after he had been given rest during the New Zealand tour.
Kohli has been suffering with a back issue from past year as well and it will probably be apt for the captain to miss a few games and take rest during the T20 league.
In IPL 2018, he suffered a neck injury during the last phase of the T20 league.
Jasprit Bumrah – In around three years, Jasprit Bumrah has become the topmost bowler for India across formats and he will be key to team India’s success at World Cup 2019.
Just like Kohli, he also missed a few series in 2018 and was rested for ODI series against Australia and the series against New Zealand.
India cannot afford to go into the World Cup with a half-fit Bumrah. Hence, he might miss a few games during IPL 2019 so as to be fully fit for World Cup 2019.
The 1st T20I against Australia was also a comeback game for him.
Rohit Sharma – The name of the captain of Mumbai Indians might surprise but he is one of the players who has been on the road for a long time now and needs rest.
Barring the 10-day off during Australia tour, Rohit has remained with team India right from the month of October and has been busiest player of all.
Unlike Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kuldeep Yadav, he wasn’t rested for T20I series against Australia and during IPL, Rohit will have to manage his workload.
It remains to be seen whether team India’s limited-overs vice-captain takes a call on resting himself during IPL.