Mumbai5 hours ago
Several seniors, including skipper Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, will be rested for the upcoming five-match T20I series against South Africa with an eye on the tour of England in July. Along with this, the National Selection Committee will also rest Jasprit Bumrah and Rishabh Pant in the T20 series against South Africa. It is worth noting here that South Africa is in India’s group in the T20 World Cup to be held at the end of the year. In such a situation, given this break will not harm the team.
Hardik and Shikhar will be the captain
It is understood that veteran opener Shikhar Dhawan and all-rounder Hardik Pandya could be given a chance as captain. When asked about the captaincy, the source said, “The selectors have some options. Shikhar Dhawan, as he has already captained India in the absence of Virat, Rohit and Rahul during the Sri Lanka series last year.
Apart from Shikhar, Hardik Pandya is also in the race for captaincy. Hardik has done impressive captaincy for Gujarat Titans.
The T20Is against the Proteas will begin in the national capital on June 9 and the remaining matches will be held in Cuttack, Visakhapatnam, Rajkot and Bengaluru respectively.
The news of giving break to Virat had already come.
The squad for the South Africa series is likely to be announced on May 22, the last day of the IPL’s league match in Mumbai.
PTI has already reported that in-form Virat Kohli will also be given a much-needed break but it is understood that the tour of England in early July is of paramount importance for the selectors as well as the BCCI.
Under workload management, players will get complete rest of 3 and a half weeks
All senior players of India will get complete rest of at least three and a half weeks. Rohit, Virat, KL, Rishabh and Jasprit will all head straight to England for the ‘Fifth Test’ after white ball cricket. All senior all-format players will not be part of the next seven T20 Internationals as part of workload management.