India vs Australia: Rohit Sharma may be rested for T20Is, no experiments for ODIs


New Delhi: The nationwide choice committee is unlikely to make any experiment once they choose the squad for the five-match ODI collection in opposition to Australia on February 15 in Mumbai.

The five-match ODI collection will begin in Hyderabad on March 2 adopted by matches in Nagpur (March 5), Ranchi (March eight), Mohali (March 10) and Delhi (March 13).

The workforce for the 2 T20 Worldwide matches to be performed in Visakhapatnam (February 24) and Bengaluru (February 27) can even be introduced on the identical day.

It has been learnt that the workforce administration in addition to the choice committee are on the identical web page and the squad that may play in opposition to Australia is prone to be a mirror-image of the one which will likely be travelling to UK for the World Cup.

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There’s a chance that selectors might choose 16 members for the ODIs as an alternative of 15 with the intention to test all of the gamers in rivalry for the World Cup.

"There’s a chance that Rohit Sharma could also be rested for the 2 T20 Internationals as Virat Kohli will likely be again. However in relation to choosing the ODI squad, there gained't be any experiments with solely 5 matches to go," a senior BCCI official aware of choice course of informed PTI on Tuesday.

Requested in regards to the a lot talked about workload administration programme, the official mentioned: "Most of our ODI boys will likely be getting good two and half weeks of relaxation. Nicely, the pacers will be rotated through the 5 matches however nobody will likely be stored out of the squad and rested. Workload administration will likely be required extra through the IPL.

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"As of now, there are solely two spots which can be up for grabs. The battle is for second wicket-keeper between Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant together with third opener's slot. The workforce administration not less than gained't experiment through the first three video games," he knowledgeable.

There’s a college of thought that Shikhar Dhawan could also be rested for the ultimate two ODIs and simply test if KL Rahul has discovered his type again with the intention to hold him prepared for the mega occasion.

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"Nonetheless, it gained't be a case of any shock choice as of now. It should simply be a case of who performs on the day. Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar and Shami are all match and accessible. Together with Khaleel, these 4 will likely be rotated to test the mix, greater than the workload administration," the official mentioned.

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