India likely to rest marquee players for T20I series against New Zealand

The Indian cricket team will play against New Zealand in a three-match T20I series at home shortly after the 2021 T20 World Cup. The first episode of this series will air on November 17th, 2021. Also slated to be rested for the series against the Kiwis are batting icon Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, KL Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Rishabh Pant, and Ravindra Jadeja. On November 8, 2021, India’s roster for the T20I series against New Zealand is likely to be announced.

For this T20I series, Rohit Sharma will captain India, and there are rumours that Kohli may be relieved of his ODI captaincy, with Sharma taking over the reins of the Indian team in limited-overs cricket. In addition, all-rounder Hardik Pandya may be cut from the Indian side, with Venkatesh Iyer getting a chance to show himself against the Kiwis. Varun Chakravarthy, Rahul Chahar, and left-arm spinner Axar Patel are the three spinners who are most likely to be selected.

Ruturaj Gaikwad, who earned the Orange Cap award in the IPL 2021 season, is also expected to be drafted into the squad, with Shreyas Iyer and Ishan Kishan also getting a chance to show their value. In the T20I series against the Kiwis, Prasidh Krishna and Mohammed Siraj may also get an opportunity. The batting, bowling, and fielding coaches will be chosen by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The Indian cricket team is already out of contention for a spot in the semifinals of the T20 World Cup in 2021. Virat Kohli and his team will play Namibia in their final match of the tournament on November 8, 2021.

Rahul Dravid is expected to be the interim coach for the New Zealand series, according to reports. With this month’s T20 World Cup, incumbent Ravi Shastri’s stint comes to an end. The NCA chief, on the other hand, may be needed to lay out a plan for the U-19 World Cup next year with the India Colts team, which will be selected for the Challengers and a four-nation junior meet to follow. The BCCI is optimistic that a new coach will be found in due time. Before that, they’d have to remove Madan Lal from the Cricket Advisory Committee because he’s above 70 and the Lodha Committee reforms require an age cap.