It has been a long grueling overseas tour of South Africa for Indian cricket team, so much so that the workloads have been huge for some of the boys.
These days the Indian team is different across all the formats, with very few rare ones able to get into an Indian side in all the formats.
Those cricketers mainly Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bhumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hardik Panda & their bodies have gone through a lot on this tour playing in all the three legs of the tour.
While physical loads on the body are noticed often, the enormity of an overseas tour against a world-class team & the mental impact it has on a cricketer should never be underestimated. Carriers are defined by these tours, and that pressure on the mind is huge.
Hence when selectors led the chief MSK Prasad to meet to discuss and select the team for the Nidahas Trophy in March, this will be a huge and hot topic on the table.
According to reports, Virat Kohli the Indian captain, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bhumrah and Hardik Pandya are most likely to be rested for that T20 internationals triangular series in March.
In Virat’s absence, Rohit Sharma is likely to be appointed the captain for the series. The job Rohit generally does in limited overs cricket when Kohli isn’t playing.
While Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bhumrah’s much deserving rest could mean the opportunity for Jaydev Unadkat, Shardul Thakur, Basil Thampi & co to perform & keep doing their chances no harm for the future.
Some time out of cricket will also do a lot of good for the all-round cricketer Hardik Pandya who has gone through criticism for some inconsistent performances in southafrica.
According to reports the likelihood of MS Dhobi being rested just to see where someone like Rishab Pant stands with his game right now, shouldn’t be discounted.