Indian skipper Virat Koli is in line to be rested for the three T20Is against Bangladesh. As per a report in Mumbai Mirror, there are indications that he would be rested. The update does not come as a surprise as Kohli has been managing his workload to be fully fit.
There were reports that he could also miss the limited-overs leg of West Indies tour after World Cup 2019 but that didn’t happen. However, there are high chances that Kohli might skip Bangladesh T20Is to give chances to youngsters.
Koli had started managing his workload since the start of 2017/18 season. He missed the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka at home and also did not play Nidahas Trophy. Later, he was ruled out of Afghanistan Test (which he wasn’t going to play due to Surrey commitment which didn’t happen) and also missed Asia Cup and the T20I series against visiting West Indies.
In 2019, Kohli missed a part of ODI series and complete T20I series against New Zealand. He later played against Australia, IPL and World Cup 2019.
Rohit Sharma, who has also been playing continuously since the start of the year, will be leading the team if Kohli is rested. He has led India in 15 T20Is in which Men in Blue have 12 wins and three defeats.
The selectors will name the squad for the complete Bangladesh series on October 24 and one can expect some new faces in the squad. Shivam Dube is in line to get his maiden call-up while Sanju Samson is expected to make his comeback to the national team after four years.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar might also be back to lead the pace attack along with Navdeep Saini and Deepak Chahar. In the spin department, a comeback for Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal is unlikely as Rahul Chahar is expected to be given complete series to present his case going into T20 World Cup.
The three T20Is between India and Bangladesh will be played on November 3, 7 and 10 in Delhi, Rajkot and Nagpur respectively. Following the T20Is, the two teams will play two Tests from November 14 and 22 in Indore and Kolkata, respectively.