New Delhi. After the premature end of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021, the Indian cricket team is preparing for its next campaign against New Zealand (India vs New Zealand). Both the teams are face to face for 3 T20 and 2 Tests. Where on one hand many senior players are absent from the Indian team for the shortest format. At the same time, players like Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant are absent from the longest format. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is keen to make some amendments after players complained of bio-bubble fatigue. Task number one is to select format-specific players for the upcoming assignment.
Rohit Sharma is set to lead the team in the T20 International against New Zealand. Virat Kohli has been rested from the first Test, but will return for the second before the Indian team takes off for South Africa. However, neither Rohit Sharma nor Rishabh Pant (two important members of India’s Test team) have been included in the Test series. Former Indian cricketer and current commentator Akash Chopra is worried about the absence of Rohit and Pant.
Aakash Chopra said on his YouTube channel, ‘If Rohit is not playing even a single test match. Rishabh Pant is also not playing and he is definitely going to be a part of our playing XI in the first Test against South Africa but I am a little worried. I’m just wondering, isn’t this South Africa’s preparation? Why am I saying that the second match is important? You don’t play first, you can take breaks in between because when you go to South Africa and there is no break time in between, it is tough. Batsmen need some time in between, they should get used to scoring runs on the pitch.
Rishabh Pant did not live up to the expectations on the tour of England for India. Even the Indian Premier League campaign with Delhi Capitals was less than satisfactory by the wicketkeeper-batsman. As far as preparations for the South Africa Test are concerned, Akash Chopra does not like the absence of Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant. He said, ‘I am thinking that the series that Rishabh Pant had in England was not a great series for him. He did not score many runs. IPL was also fine and World Cup was also fine. He will play T20 against New Zealand, but will not play a single Test.
Aakash Chopra cited the example of KL Rahul, who has played the same cricket as some other senior players in the team, but is not taking a break from any assignment. He said, ‘You can leave the WTC, because after that there was a gap of one month, so let’s start with the India-England Test matches. KL Rahul is also such a player, who has played all the matches. KL Rahul will play T20, he is the vice-captain there and he is also playing two Test matches. He is not looking for that big break.