Jasprit Bumrah rested for Australia ODIs and New Zealand tour; replacements named

Bumrah's workload is being managed to keep him fresh for the World Cup.

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

The highest wicket-taker of the recently concluded Test series between India and Australia, Jasprit Bumrah has been rested from the upcoming ODI series against Australia. He will also not travel to New Zealand where Team India is scheduled to play 5 ODIs and three T20 Internationals. The workload is being managed of one of India’s best bowlers it seems keeping the World Cup in mind.

According to Cricbuzz, Mohammed Siraj who has set the stage on fire in the domestic circuit has been named his replacement for both the tours. Also, Siddarth Kaul is drafted into the T20I squad for the three matches against New Zealand. Both of them are currently playing in the Ranji Trophy fixtures of their state team and Siraj will soon leave for Australia with the series against Australia set to start on January 12.


Reason to rest Bumrah

Jasprit Bumrah sent down as many as 943 balls during the Test series with sheer pace and hostility and it was only fair for him to take rest. Even Virat Kohli stressed the point of resting the pace trio after an excellent series for them and was also of the opinion that they should be looked after for Indian cricket’s good.

Apart from Bumrah, even Mohammed Shami is part of the ODI squad and hasn’t been rested despite bowling close to 137 overs. He might not play the first ODI which could pave the way for Siraj’s ODI debut. Siraj has been banging the door with his performances for India A consistently and finally has broken through. He was also part of the Test squad for the home series but didn’t get a game.

Siddarth Kaul will also be delighted for making it to the T20I side as the selectors are looking to build a team for next years T20 World Cup to be played in Australia.

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