Right after the T20 World Cup, the Indian team has to play a three-match T20 series against New Zealand. According to reports, keeping in mind the fatigue of the bio-bubble, many senior players of Team India can be rested for this series, in which the names of Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami are believed to be fixed. In this series, BCCI can try players like Rituraj Gaikwad, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, who shine in IPL 2021. After the T20 series, India also has to play two Test matches against the Kiwi team.
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A source in the selection committee aware of these developments told PTI, “Most of the Indian players, senior players have been in three consecutive ‘bio-bubbles’ in the last four months. It is likely that after the T20 World Cup, you would like him to take a rest and freshen up ahead of the South Africa tour that starts in late December. Top Indian players such as skipper Virat Kohli, vice-captain Rohit Sharma and pacer Jasprit Bumrah have been living in a ‘bio-bubble’ since the start of the World Test Championship in Southampton in June. Of this, the bio-bubble environment in England was much less restricted, leading to the cancellation of the fifth Test in Manchester due to COVID-19 cases in the Indian camp.
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It is already decided that players like Kohli, Bumrah and Mohammed Shami will be rested. Even Rohit, who has been playing consistently since the home series against England, will need rest, but it remains to be seen how the team management deals with the situation after Kohli stepped down as T20 captain. Rituraj Gaikwad, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan and Venkatesh Iyer can be tried for this series. These players have impressed a lot with their performance in the UAE edition of the 14th season of the Indian Premier League. The first match of the T20 series against New Zealand will be played on November 17, while the second match will be played on November 19 and the last match on November 21. After this, the first Test will start from November 25 and the second Test will start from December 3.
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