Keeping in mind the workload management, Team India has decided to rest skipper Virat Kohli and pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah for the forthcoming limited overs series against the West Indies. The series will take place in the United States and the Caribbean after the World Cup. The duo, however, will be back for the Test series that will kickstart India’s journey in the inaugural World Test Championship.
Both Bumrah and Kohli have been playing cricket continuously in the ongoing year. After a lengthy tour of Australia, the two recently turned up in the Indian Premier League and are currently playing in the ongoing World Cup. Both the players are more than likely to play all the games that India will play in the tournament.
“Virat and Jasprit will certainly be rested for the three-match T20Is and three-match ODI series. Virat has been playing since start of Australia series and Bumrah’s workload management is also paramount. They will join the team before the Test series,” a senior BCCI official told PTI.
The board could also decide to rest some more players after a gruelling season that saw the players play the IPL and the World Cup. With 4 wins from five games, India are looking set to make it to the semifinal. If India make it to the finals, then the key players will be playing till July 14 and the players would be desperate to take some rest.
In fact, the Indian board has made sure that the tour is planned in such a manner that the players get an opportunity to rest. The Test series was earlier scheduled at the start of the series but will now be held after the T20s and the ODIs.
“With first Test in Antigua starting August 22, there would be enough time for the key members in the World Cup squad to get much-needed rest,” he said.
Kohli and Bumrah are likely to join the rest of the squad just before the three-day practice game in Antigua from August 17-19.