India’s speedsters Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami are expected not to play all the upcoming six limited-overs games against Australia as the team management would like to rotate them and keep them ready for the four-match Test series, which will begin from December 17.
Notably, the Indian team have reached Sydney and currently undergoing the mandatory 14-day quarantine period. However, the tour of Australia will begin with three ODIs followed by three T20 Internationals which will take place between November 27 to December 8 in Sydney and Canberra.
As per the sources in BCCI, head coach Ravi Shastri and bowling coach Bharath Arun have been thinking about Bumrah and Shami’s workload management in case Ishant Sharma doesn’t get fit for the first Test. The first red-ball warm-up game at Drummoyne Oval will take place between December 6 to 8 which will clash with India’s second and third T20 Internationals as well.
“If both (Bumrah and Shami) play the T20 Internationals (on Dec 4, 6 and 8), then they will have one warm-up match less which I don’t think the team management will fancy at this moment,” a source added.
There is a possibility that both Jasprit Bumrah and Shami will play the ODIs and then play in the Test matches by starting with the warm-up games which will help them prepare before the Day-Night game at Adelaide Oval. In fact, there is a pink ball warm-up game at the SCG from December 11-13 as well where India’s probable 11 is all set to play to prepare for the big event as well.
However, if this is the case, the world might see Deepak Chahar, Thangarasu Natarajan and Navdeep Saini as the pace trio with Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja and Washington Sundar in the spin department for the shorter format of the game. This move will not only help Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah with proper time to rest but also give chances to the youngsters to seal their place in the limited-overs in future as well.
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