Many fans were taken aback when Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya were left off of Mumbai Indians’ starting XI for their match against Chennai Super Kings. According to cricket pundits, the duo was injured and so did not make the playing XI. Both players were eventually certified to be fit and granted a break by head coach Mahela Jayawardene. The supporters were perplexed by this. However, the cause for the duo’s suspension has now been disclosed. The BCCI has reportedly asked franchises to give T20 World Cup-bound players some respite in order to control the players’ workload.
“We don’t want to endanger Rohit Sharma, who is an important player in the World Cup. By resting him for the first match, the Mumbai Indians did the right thing. His knee still has a bruise on it. “Both Rohit and the Mumbai Indians have been told to prioritise the World Cup and get appropriate rest,” a senior BCCI official was quoted as saying to InsideSport.
The Mumbai Indians, in particular, have six players in their team who have competed in the T20 World Cup. The BCCI wants to give the players some time off before the crucial tournament.
Jasprit Bumrah and Rohit Sharma also played all four Tests against England in the five-match series. In the series, Bumrah bowled 151 overs in Tests and batted for roughly 25 overs.
“In terms of fitness, Bumrah has performed admirably. He is, however, clearly an important player not only in the World Cup but also in the Test against New Zealand. He wants to play every match in the IPL, but he needs to manage his workload. Mumbai has been advised to think about it. It is, however, up to them to make the call. The BCCI cannot compel a franchise to rest a player who is not injured,” the official noted.
The BCCI is particularly concerned about Virat Kohli’s form, considering he will be leading the team for the final time in the format. According to reports, the board has left it up to the RCB captain to rest or regain his form.
The IPL 2021 final will take place on October 15, while India will face Pakistan in their first T20 World Cup encounter on October 24.
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