Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Rohit, Pant, Bumrah and Shami set to be rested for NZ Tests. The move to rest players comes in the effort to manage bubble fatigue
The move to rest players comes in the effort to manage bubble fatigue
The national selectors met on Thursday to decide on the squad for the two-Test series against New Zealand and one of the key decisions taken, it is understood, was to rest some important players for the matches, including Rohit Sharma. The decision is in conformity with the recent Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) thinking about providing breaks to prevent the players from workload impact and bubble fatigue.
Cricbuzz has learnt that apart from Rohit, who was recently appointed skipper of the Twenty20 team, the selectors have given rest to Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Rishabh Pant. The two pacers have already been rested for the three-match T20 series against New Zealand and they will have an extended break for the Test matches as well. The idea is to ensure they can travel to South Africa relatively fresh. Already, Virat Kohli was granted a break for the three-match T20Is and the first Test.
In the absence of Kohli and Rohit, Ajinkya Rahane, the incumbent vice-captain in the Test format, will lead India in the first Test in Kanpur, from November 25-29.
The decision follows BCCI's new policy of providing break to the players who have been on the road for almost six months breaks in the regular breaks. Players like Bumrah have already complained of fatigue.
“You need a break. Sometimes you miss your family after being on the road for 6 months. All of that sometimes plays on the back of your mind. But when you are on the field, you don't think about all of those things. You don't control all of those things the scheduling and all and what tournament is played when,” the India spearhead had said after India's recent defeat against New Zealand in the T20 WC in UAE.
The induction of Rahul Dravid into the national team as head coach has also led to some new ideas and the former captain, who has been managing the rehab and injuries of the players as the head of the National Cricket Academy for last three years, is understood to be insistent that the players need to be protected for fatigue and workload. He is of view that the players need regular breaks to be impactful.