The first ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground marked the beginning of India’s two-month long tour in Australia. As the series progress, the Indian think tank will look to manage the workloads of senior pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami. Skipper Virat Kohli also talked on the same saying both of them will have to be rotated going deep into the tour.
With two senior paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ishant Sharma out owing to injury, it is important Shami and Bumrah remains completely fit for the four-match Test series. As a result, the management will have to play smartly with Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah to sustain the full tour.
Bumrah and Shami will be rotated – Virat Kohli
Reflecting on the same, Virat Kohli said Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami are likely to be rotated in the limited-overs series to keep them fresh for the Tests. That will give Navdeep Saini and Shardul Thakur a chance to play.
“It’s a no-brainer. They had a full IPL. Both are bowling in great rhythm so their workload needs to be managed. So, the younger guys getting chance comes into play. You want to see how they react to different situations,” Kohli said.
Meanwhile, BCCI has confirmed that senior fast bowler Ishant Sharma has been ruled out of the upcoming Border-Gavaskar trophy. Ishant featured only in one game in the recently-concluded IPL before suffering a hamstring injury. He returned to India and began his rehabilitation before joining the National Cricket Academy. An official statement from the board says Ishant has been ruled out of the series, despite having recovered completely from his side strain.
The statement further added that Ishant Sharma is now building up his workload to achieve Test match fitness, but the series Down Under will come too soon for him.