IPL 2019: Rohit Sharma disagrees with Virat Kohli wanting to rest the fast bowlers
The likes of Bhuvi and Bumrah will be key for India in the World Cup.
Updated - Nov 9, 2018 9:39 am
2019 will be huge for cricket fans. Only after 10 days of the conclusion of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the ICC Cricket World Cup will commence. But there will be a dilemma between the players and the cricket boards. Even the Indian cricketers will have to be managed in order to stay fit for the showpiece event and discussions regarding the same have already started. Virat Kohli wants the fast bowlers to skip the tournament but the vice-captain of the team Rohit Sharma partly disagrees with his thoughts.
Clearly, this is about Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar who have already missed a lot of matches this year due to the injury. Both the bowlers will be key for Team India in the World Cup next year while the likes of Khaleel Ahmed, Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami are also in the frame to make it to England flight next year. IPL is the high-intensity tournament and there is a chance of them getting injured.
What if we reach playoffs?
While the reports unfurled earlier that the franchises are likely to disagree with Virat Kohli’s thinking, even Rohit Sharma doesn’t seem too keen with the idea. During the meeting with the CoA, when the Indian captain mooted the idea of resting the World Cup-bound fast bowlers, he didn’t find many supporters. On Rohit’s part, he went on to say that his team will not afford to rest Bumrah in the playoffs.
“When Kohli mooted the idea, CoA chief Vinod Rai asked Rohit about his take. Rohit apparently said, ‘If Mumbai Indians reach Play Offs or finals and if Bumrah happens to be fit, then I cannot afford to rest him,” the BCCI official was quoted as saying by the Times of India.
There was also a counter-part discussion on the issue. Many pointed out that the bowlers will lack match practice ahead of the World Cup and might be rusty when the event begins. It will be interesting to see what stance BCCI will take on the matter.