After the mega event, ICC World Cup 2021 India is going to host New Zealand for 3 T20I and 2 test matches starting from 17th November 2021.
Looking at the high intense schedule of India since the World test championship final. The Indian management would rest some of the senior players against New Zealand.
Key players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Jasprit Bumrah would be rested. And a couple of players could be dropped from the squad looking at their fitness and form.
Hardik and Bhuvneshwar to be dropped?
“Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are likely to be dropped in India’s T20 Squad against New Zealand series due to fitness test and forms.” – According to PTI
Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are the two players of Indian cricket who had struggled a lot with their fitness. For both these players, form and fitness are a big concern.
Hardik missed a couple of matches in the second half of the IPL as he was unfit, later he played just as a pure batsman. In the World Cup game against Pakistan Hardik didn’t take the field as he got injured while batting.
The same is the case of Bhuvneshwar Kumar where he played the IPL matches but had a niggle in the last match of the league stage. Then in World Cup, he played the first match against Pakistan but got dropped from the side against New Zealand as he was out of form.
Players, who performed well in the IPL to get an opportunity against the kiwis
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Avesh Khan are the names that are most likely to get an opportunity in the T20I series against New Zealand- (Reported by PTI).