Jasprit Bumrah rested for Australia ODIs, NZ tour
India's premier fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah has been rested for the upcoming three-match ODI series against Australia and also the limited-overs tour of New Zealand. The BCCI announced on Tuesday that the pacer will not take part in these series despite having been initially named in the squad. Bumrah was the pick of the bowlers in the Test series. Here's more.
Bumrah was pick of the Indian bowlers in the Tests
Bumrah was terrific for India in the 2-1 Test series victory that concluded on Monday. He was the star performer and picked 21 wickets at an average of just 17 across four Tests. Bumrah was extraordinary in the third Test in particular (nine wickets). Bumrah bowled a total of 157.1 overs and his workload was the focus here for giving him adequate rest.
Important for JB to get rest ahead of home series
The BCCI stated that it was key to give JB rest ahead of the home series against Australia. "Keeping in mind the workload of the bowler, it was best felt to give him adequate rest ahead of the home series against Australia," the BCCI release stated on Tuesday. The Australian cricket team is scheduled to tour India in February and March.
Pacers Siraj, Kaul named in the squad by BCCI
The BCCI named pacer Mohammed Siraj and Siddarth Kaul as his replacements. Siraj is set to take JB's place in the ODI series against Australia and New Zealand. Kaul will replace JB for the T20Is against the Kiwis. Both these pacers have shown good form in the Ranji Trophy recently and were rewarded for their impressive outings.
India's schedule against Australia and NZ
India start their three-match ODI series against Australia on January 12. The final match is set to take place in Melbourne on January 18. India will travel to New Zealand next for five ODIs from January 23 onwards. They play the final of the three T20Is on February 10, 2019.
India's ODI squad to face Australia and NZ
Squad for ODIs: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, K Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj.
India's T20I squad for series against Kiwis
T20I squad for NZ series: Virat Kohli(c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, K Khaleel Ahmed, Siddarth Kaul.