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4 Indian players that might be rested for the ODI series against Australia

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5.38K   //    12 Feb 2019, 08:42 IST

Rohit and Kuldeep are integral part of the Indian ODI team
Rohit and Kuldeep are integral part of the Indian ODI team

Team India won back-to-back overseas ODI series against Australia and New Zealand and thereby justified their 'favorites' tag ahead of the much-awaited World Cup. There were some areas of concern before the start of the series against Australia, such as the search of a full-time third pacer and a batsman at number 4, but the entire squad has responded brilliantly to the needful.

Players like Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik and Mohammed Shami have grabbed their opportunities with both hands in the last couple of months. Therefore, with most of the players having stepped up to the task, the selectors now have a healthy headache looking ahead.

India will play its last ODI series before the World Cup against Australia at home. The Aussies have been struggling to find the right combination before the World Cup and thus the Indian selectors might rest some of the key members in the ODI series.

Also, with the IPL scheduled to start almost immediately after the series against Australia, the workload of all the World Cup-bound players will need to be managed properly. 

On that note, let's take a look at 4 players who might be rested for the first 3 or allODIs against Australia.


#4 Mohammed Shami

Shami was man-of-the-series against New Zealand
Shami was man-of-the-series against New Zealand

Before the ODI series against Australia, there were apprehensions about Moh'd Shami's place in the Indian ODI side. But the pacer made a terrific comeback in the 50-over format by bowling some brilliant spells against Australia and New Zealand.

Shami was also named the man-of-the-series in the recently concluded ODI series against New Zealand. However, the fast bowler is prone to injuries and has missed a lot of cricket because of these injuries.

He also did a lot of bowling in the Test series against Australia. Shami might be drafted back in side for the last two ODIs but now that he has more or less established himself in the playing XI, the selectors should consider giving him a rest in the initial part of series.

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