- Looking at the workload, Rohit Sharma will be rested from the Test series against New Zealand.
- Captain Virat Kohli has also demanded a break for the first Test.
- Rohit Sharma will captain the Indian team in T20 series, Lokesh Rahul will be the vice-captain
The selectors took this decision on Thursday. Our correspondent Times of India had earlier reported that four regular Test players – pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, wicketkeeper-batsmen Rishabh Pant and Shardul Thakur – will not play in the Test series.
According to sources, there was a long discussion about the caretaker captain after Kohli sought rest for the first Test. It was also proposed that Rohit Sharma be made the captain in the first Test and rested for the second Test in Mumbai.
However, after analyzing Rohit Sharma’s workload, it was decided to rest the new T20 captain Rohit Sharma. Though Rahane’s form has been shaky for some time now, the selectors wanted to hand over the responsibility to an experienced captain in the absence of Kohli and Rohit as the selectors can make drastic changes in the Test side.
Shubman Gill and Mayank Agarwal are the options in the opening as Lokesh Rahul. While Wriddhiman Saha is likely to be the wicketkeeper. The middle-order will be headed by Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari, who played their last Test in Sydney in January.
It is worth noting that after the T20 World Cup, Kohli has resigned as the captain of the T20 team and has been replaced by Rohit Sharma. Kohli will now captain the ODI and Test teams. In Tests, Ajinkya Rahane is the vice-captain while Lokesh Rahul is the vice-captain in the T20 team.