Team India’s white-ball vice-captain Rohit Sharma is likely to be rested for the ODI series against West Indies, which takes place next month. As per a report in Mumbai Mirror, Rohit is not keen on taking rest but he could be given a breather, given that he has been playing non-stop cricket right since the start of 2019.
After returning to Australia for the ODIs, Rohit has been part of every series that India have played so far. He also led the team in New Zealand Virat Kohli’s absence and then played home series against Australia. Rohit missed just one match in IPL and was the top-scorer in World Cup 2019.
Following that, he travelled to the West Indies and played three ODIs and two T20Is. Rohit was rested one game there and did not get a chance in playing XI in Tests.
However, he got a chance in the South Africa Test series and has performed well in four Test matches he has played so far – one against Bangaladesh – as an opener. The number of games Rohit has played suggests that he has played most matches for any India player in 2019 and should be rested. Recently, the selectors rested Kohli for the Bangladesh T20Is where Rohit was again the captain.
In Rohit’s absence, KL Rahul will move up in the batting order while one of Shubman Gill and Mayank Agarwal will get a chance to make a comeback. Gill has played two ODIs so far. Mayank, who flew for World Cup as a replacement for Vijay Sankar, is yet to make his white-ball debut.
KL Rahul is expected top open the innings as he has done the job at World Cup. He was apart of West indies after World Cup but was surprisingly kept out of the playing XI.
In T20Is, there can be a case when he might get a promotion in the batting order with Shikhar Dhawan missing out. Not that he has had poor run in the shortest format of late, Dhawan’s strike-rate has been a worry. In the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Dhawan’s scoreline reads: 0 (9), 9 (6), 19 (18) and 35 (33).
West Indies and India play three T20Is on December 6, 8 and 11. Following the T20Is, the two team will play three ODIs on December 15, 18 and 22. The Indian selectors will name the squad for the series on November 21, the report in Mumbai Mirror adds.