A fresh look At the start of the year, Team India took the field in the quickest version of the game. Senior players like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and KL Rahul were not included in the team, which was captained by Hardik Pandya. The same thing happened when India played New Zealand in the second T20I of the series later in January; Hardik continued to captain a team that was still relatively inexperienced for the game. Concerns have been expressed about Rohit and Kohli’s future in Twenty20 matches due to their persistent absences.

With Kohli being the only player in the world to have scored more than 4,000 runs in T20 Internationals, the two are now India’s best run scorers in the format. Both, though, haven’t competed for the nation since the T20 World Cup last year, when the team was eliminated by eventual victors England in the semi-finals.

Rahul Dravid, the head coach of India, responded when questioned about the future of the pair by saying that since India would host the ODI World Cup later this year, certain players are given priority in terms of workload management. “There are several white-ball events that require particular priority be given. After the T20 World Cup last year, these six games (ODIs against Sri Lanka and New Zealand) took precedence. Virat played in all six of them and would now have a little rest alongside Rohit, according to Dravid.

Rashid Latif, a former captain of Pakistan, asserts that India will require at least one of Rohit and Kohli in the shortest format as well, claiming that the team’s prospects of winning the T20 World Cup next year are slim.

“You could find a substitute for KL Rahul, but finding replacements for seasoned players won’t be that simple (like Kohli and Rohit). Yes, in the future Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw, and Ishan Kishan may replace them. However, they are concurrently playing comparable players with similar backgrounds. Can these athletes get you to the T20 World Cup championship game?

Can Gill, Shaw, Tripathi, Hooda, and Ishan get you to the championship game? There was a concern in yesterday’s game (1st T20I against NZ) since they were without a senior player. They may have crossed the finish line if they had a senior player. So, if not both, Hardik Pandya and Rahul Dravid could have to think about including Rohit and Kohli in the mix, Latif stated on his own YouTube channel.

The future of the two players’ T20I careers has not yet been officially announced by any of them. Next month, when India and Australia play a four-match Test series, the pair will be back in action.