After a successful series against Australia and New Zealand, Indian selectors are now looking for a few other players leading to the World Cup. In order to test power on the bench, the upcoming home series against Australia can see some changes on the page.
According to a report in Hindi, the selectors are now striving to strike a balance between the holidays of senior batsmen, rotating pacers and testing reserve opportunities for the World Cup. This could mean that recall could be for Ajinkya Rahana and KL Rahul when Rohit Sharma could rest for a few games.
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He is expected to speak with the Indian leadership and give more time to the game by Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant. It will also be interesting to see if Virat Kohli plays the entire series or gives it to other players.
The original attack on bowling in Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami could also have a break for a few games to keep them fresh for the World Cup. Even Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav could stop at some point in the series.
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Workload management will be a great choice for selectors, while Indian manager and head coach Ravi Shastri has already made it clear that players will also be watching during the IPL.
"In this regard, we have been in contact with BCCI and CoA. We have certain plans and we want to take them into account. Usually two months of IPL are treated as a relatively free month for me and I can only sit and enjoy cricket, watch out for new, young talents that appear. However, this IPL will be dedicated to tracking players, with the World Cup in mind, "said Cricbuzz in an interview.
First published: 12 February 2019 09:23 IST