Virat Kohli might be rested for the T20Is against New Zealand
Ashwin and Jadeja will be back in the Test side.
Published - Oct 22, 2017 7:00 pm | Updated - Oct 22, 2017 7:00 pm
The selectors might rest the Indian skipper Virat Kohli for the upcoming T20I series against New Zealand starting from November 1. The committee led by MSK Prasad is all set to meet in Mumbai on Monday and will pick the team for T20Is and the Test series against New Zealand and Sri Lanka respectively. Kohli and his men are constantly playing cricket since Champions Trophy in June and will play continuously until the end of South Africa tour.
The skipper has been playing all the formats and after the three ODIs against the Kiwis he would have played 3 Tests, 23 ODIs and 3 T20Is since June donning the Indian jersey. In case, the selectors decide to give some time off to the regular skipper, Rohit Sharma will lead the Men in Blue. The three T20 Internationals are scheduled to be played in New Delhi, Rajkot and Thiruvananthapuram. The Test series against Sri Lanka will commence on November 16 as the hectic home season for India continues.
Jadeja and Ashwin to be back for Tests
Virat Kohli led Indian Test team will also see Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin returning back to the International cricket. Both of them were initially rested for the limited overs leg during the Sri Lanka tour but the wonderful performance from the wrist-spinners has kept them out of the side. However, Kuldeep Yadav should make it to the Test team as well as the third specialist spinner. Also, if Kohli plays the T20 series against New Zealand, then he would surely be rested for the limited overs series against Sri Lanka.
The Test specialists Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha are also expected to be back barring last minute injuries. Even KL Rahul who has been dropped from the ODI side will return to the side with the preferred opener Murali Vijay once again injured. Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav are the leading bowlers when it comes to longest format and there should be no problems for them to don the white jersey. Though it remains to be seen if Jasprit Bumrah earns a maiden call-up to the Test side after impressing everyone with the white ball.