Team India is set to take on England in a white-ball series, starting from July 7th at Southampton. While senior players like Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja and Jasprit Bumrah have been rested from the first T20I, seniors will be back in the squad for the remaining two T20 internationals and three-match ODI series.
A few sets of reports are now suggesting that the selectors are mulling providing rest to some of the senior players once again for the upcoming white-ball series in West Indies. Notably, Team India will tour West Indies to play three ODIs and five-match T20 internationals, starting from July 22 to August 7.
While the national selectors are yet to announce the squad for the tour but it is being said that the chairman of the selection committee Chetan Sharma, who is with the team in England, will reportedly have a word with the senior players soon.
Indian selectors are not of the opinion to rest regular skipper Rohit Sharma as team India has already been led under the leadership of various captains in the recent past. After KL Rahul missed out to lead the side against South Africa, Rishabh Pant was handed over the responsibility to lead the squad against South Africa while Hardik Pandya was named the captain against Ireland.
As per reports published in Cricbuzz, India’s head coach Rahul Dravid is not backing the idea to rest Rohit Sharma from the West Indies tour as the coach has already worked with several captains recently. Notably, Virat Kohli and pace-spearhead Jasprit Bumrah were rested from the five-match T20I home series against South Africa and two-match T2oI against Ireland.
After Rohit Sharma tested positive before the fifth and final Test against England, vice-captain Jasprit Bumrah was promoted to lead the squad in the red-ball format. Meanwhile, England registered the highest successful run chase in Test cricket, on the back of twin tons from Jonny Bairstow and the 28th Test ton from Joe Root in the second innings.
In this context, it would be interesting to see whether or not the idea of resting some of the senior members for the West Indies series gets a nod from the selectors and the captain.