We have to preserve some of out precious players, says MSK Prasad on resting Virat Kohli for Asia Cup
Rohit Sharma will lead the side in the Asia Cup.
Updated - Sep 1, 2018 2:33 pm
The Indian captain Virat Kohli has been rested for the upcoming Asia Cup by the selectors. Rohit Sharma will be leading the side like he did in the Nidahas Trophy earlier this year. Shikhar Dhawan has been named the vice-captain for the tournament. But there is a sense of disappointment among the fans over resting Kohli for the competition. However, the chief selector MSK Prasad has come up with a statement after announcing the 16-man squad and revealed the reason of him being rested.
Kohli struggled with a lower back during the second Test match against England at Lord’s. He also had to miss his maiden County stint before the tour due to the neck injury he sustained during the Indian Premier League (IPL). Continuous cricket is taking its toll on Kohli’s body which has led to him being preserved by the selectors.
Team India will be facing Windies in October as well who will be touring for 2 Tests, 5 ODIs and three T20 Internationals. The skipper is most likely to play in the Test series but again he might be rested for the tussle in the shortest format given the fact that the team will be touring Australia soon after the conclusion of the series.
We have to preserve some of the precious players
MSK Prasad cleared while announcing the squad that they will have to look after the fitness of the players playing in all three formats. He also hinted that a few more players will be rested for the upcoming Windies series by saying that they have started the resting process with Virat
“Considering the workload we have given Virat Kohli rest. He has been playing continuously for quite some time. We need to preserve some of our precious players who are playing all 3 formats, looking at that workload we have started with Virat & he will be rested for Asia Cup,” MSK Prasad said in the press conference.