Senior Players to be rested for NZ Tests

The national selectors met on Thursday to decide on the squad for the two-Test series against New Zealand and

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Senior Players to be rested for NZ Tests

one of the key decisions taken, it is understood, was to rest some important players for the matches, including Rohit Sharma.

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Senior Players to be rested for NZ Tests

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.

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Senior Players to be rested for NZ Tests

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.

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Senior Players to be rested for NZ Tests

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.

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Senior Players to be rested for NZ Tests

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.

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Senior Players to be rested for NZ Tests

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.

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Senior Players to be rested for NZ Tests

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.

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Senior Players to be rested for NZ Tests

Players like Bumrah have already complained of fatigue. Rahul Dravid, the newly elected Head Coach, is also of view that the players need regular breaks to be impactful.

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