Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah to be rested for Sri Lanka tour

Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, BCCI

The Indian cricket team is set for a busy schedule in the coming months, but fans will have to wait a little longer to see senior trio in action. Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Jasprit Bumrah will be rested for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka, which kicks off later this month.

According to sources within the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the decision to rest these senior players is a strategic one. They want Sharma, Kohli (both recently retired from T20Is), and Bumrah to be fresh and fully prepared for the long cricketing season that follows.

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“Senior players can take some rest and get ready for the full cricket season ahead,” a BCCI source told. “Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah have been offered rest and will join the team for the Test matches against Bangladesh in September.”

The Sri Lanka tour features three One Day Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) scheduled between July 27th and August 7th. While Sharma and Kohli have stepped away from T20Is, Bumrah will continue to represent India in the shortest format.

The focus now shifts to selecting the squad for the Sri Lanka series. The BCCI’s selection committee is expected to meet next week to finalize the team.

Following the Sri Lanka tour, India will return home to host Bangladesh for a two-Test and three-T20I series starting on September 19th. This highly anticipated series marks the return of the senior players, who will be well-rested and ready to be in action.

In October, India will lock horns with New Zealand in a three-Test series played on home turf. This is followed by a four-match T20I series against South Africa in November, leading up to the much-awaited Border Gavaskar Trophy – a five match-Test series against Australia, also scheduled for November.

With the recent conclusion of the T20 World Cup, the BCCI is also looking to revamp the team’s support staff. The tenures of batting coach Vikram Rathour, bowling coach Paras Mhambrey, and fielding coach T Dilip have come to an end.

The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) has already interviewed Gautam Gambhir and WV Raman for the head coach position. While an official announcement is awaited, reports suggest Gambhir is the frontrunner for the role. His successful stint as a mentor for the Kolkata Knight Riders’ IPL victory this year further strengthens his candidacy.

Interestingly, the BCCI might forgo a dedicated batting coach position moving forward. Gambhir’s experience as a prolific opening batsman across formats suggests he might take a more hands-on approach in this area. It’s also expected that Gambhir will have the freedom to select his support staff.