In the upcoming tri-nation Nidahas Trophy, as many as six players are given rest in the Indian T20I team. Team India will be playing in the tournament with Bangladesh and the hosts Sri Lanka.The players who are given rest for the tournament include skipper Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav. This made space for some of the exciting prospects to be included in the team which includes Deepak Hooda, Vijay Shankar, Washington Sundar, Mohammed Siraj and Rishabh Pant.
As skipper Virat Kohli is given rest, Rohit Sharma will be filling his space and leading the team while Shikhar Dhawan will be his deputy in command. Of all the rested players, four were the regular faces in the entire series against South Africa. Kohli, Bumrah, Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar played in all the three formats, where Pandya fielded in all the three series while Bumrah missed only one game and So did Kolhi and Bhuvneshwar missed an ODI and a Test.
Speaking of Dhoni, according to MSK Prasad, Chairman of selectors, he requested for rest.
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The potential prospects that will be playing in the tournament all have capabilities that make them a fine cricketer. Hooda is a big hitter and showed his skills when he recently hit a 100 and a 50 in the Vijay Hazare tournament recently. Also in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, his strike-rate was 150-plus. Washington Sundar is also a player with untapped potential. As an offspinner, he is able to restrict runs and handle pressure during powerplays. As a batsman as well he holds a good stead.
Rishabh Pant is another name on the list with some incredible innings on the home ground. The Delhi skipper has shown stellar form in the domestic T20 and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
Speaking on the selection, Prasad said, “We’ve kept in mind the workload and upcoming schedule while finalizing the team for Nidahas Trophy. The high-performance team has suggested that adequate rest should be given to our fast bowlers to help improve athletic performance, maximize rest and prevent injury.”
The probable squad for the tri-nation Nidahas Trophy-
Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan (vice-captain), Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik (wk), KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammad Siraj, Axar Patel, Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat, Vijay Shankar, Rishabh Pant (wk)