Forward of the primary ODI in opposition to Australia, Indian head coach Rahul Dravid on Thursday mentioned that Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have been rested because the crew wished them to be recent mentally and bodily for the Cricket World Cup 2023. India will tackle Australia in a three-match ODI collection, ranging from the primary ODI at Mohali on Thursday. It will likely be India’s last project earlier than the ICC Cricket World Cup at house from October 5 onwards. “It’s a kind of collection, the place you have got seen that a few of our boys aren’t taking part in the primary two video games. We’ll rotate our pacers a bit. It will likely be good for another guys that they’re given this chance to play three powerful video games earlier than the World Cup,” mentioned Dravid in a pre-match press convention.
“I feel with folks like Rohit and Virat, from our perspective, it is vital that they attain the primary recreation of the World Cup with the bodily and psychological headspace they wish to be in. With the quantity of cricket they’ve performed, they know how you can put together themselves for these large video games. Numerous these choices are mentioned with them. We talk about with them how they wish to put together main as much as large occasions. Primarily based on these discussions, we provide you with these mutual choices,” he added.
On the return of spin-bowling all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin to the ODI set-up after a yr, Dravid clarified that the spinner was all the time within the plans.
“Having somebody of Ashwin’s expertise is all the time good for us. He provides you expertise, the flexibility to contribute with the bat at quantity eight. He’s somebody we taught about in case of an damage or a chance opened up. He was all the time in our plans. He has not performed a lot ODI cricket for some time, however somebody of his expertise can take care of that,” mentioned the coach.
India squad for first 2 ODI: KL Rahul (C & WK), Ravindra Jadeja (Vice-captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper), Shardul Thakur, Washington Sundar, R Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj, Prasidh Krishna
India squad for last ODI: Rohit Sharma (C), Hardik Pandya, (Vice-captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, KL Rahul (wicketkeeper), Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Axar Patel (topic to health), Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, R Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj.
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