Mumbai Indians (MI) captain Rohit Sharma might opt to sit out from a few matches at IPL 2023 in order to manage his workload and keep himself fresh for the national assignments. As India are all set to play the World Test Championship Final in June and the ODI World Cup is also slated to be played later this year, Rohit will pick and choose which games he wants to be a part of.
Suryakumar Yadav will lead MI in case Rohit Sharma missed a game. A report in the Indian Express has claimed that Rohit will decide on his availability for Mumbai Indians. However, he will continue to travel with the squad and will assist Yadav from the dugout.
“Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma may sit out a few IPL games this season with an eye towards workload management, and Suryakumar Yadav will lead the team in his absence,” claimed the report.
“The Indian Express understands that he is likely to pick and choose the IPL games he will play this season, though he will continue to travel with the team and will be guiding Surya from the dugout when he is not playing,” it further stated.
Notably, after the ODI series against Australia, Rohit had emphasized the fact that the World Cup-bound players will need to manage to their workload while providing their services for their respective franchises.
“It’s all up to the franchises now. They own them now. We have given some indications to the teams, but at the end of the day, it’s up to the franchises. And more importantly, it’s up to the players. They are all adults; they have to look after their bodies. If they feel it’s getting a bit too much, they can talk about it and take a break in one or two games. I doubt if that will happen, but,” Rohit had said.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has also issued an unofficial directive to all the ten franchises that the players need to be managed carefully.