Later in July, India will travel to the West Indies for a three-match ODI series under Shikhar Dhawan’s leadership. Many prominent players are missing from the Indian team that was named for the series, most notably current captain Rohit Sharma and former captain Virat Kohli. There were some questions about the choice to rest the players given that Kohli was rested for the first T20I against England while Rohit had missed the fifth Test against England due to a positive Covid-19 test.

Before the England Test, Kohli and Rohit missed India’s five-match T20I series at home against South Africa and their two-match T20I series in Ireland. Former India opener Aakash Chopra emphasized that owing to the disruption of the cricket schedule caused by COVID-19, all players had had ample rest during the previous three years.

“What’s going on with the rest? How much sleep are you seeking? When a player was out of form in the past, he would only be brought back up after scoring runs in domestic cricket. However, he now takes a nap anytime someone is out of shape. Are you two unconcerned about it?” On his YouTube channel, Chopra remarked.

While Rohit had trouble turning around strong starts in the IPL, and it seemed like he was having a similar issue in the first T20I, Kohli’s performance across all forms has alarmingly deteriorated this year.

” I believe that a player should play as much cricket as they can when they are out of form. In 2020, between March and September, there was no cricket because of stringent bio bubbles. You will participate in the first half of the IPL again the following year, followed by a three- to four-month break. Thus, 10 months have already passed in two to three years. In professional sports, you can’t get much more rest than this “Chopra stated.

“When the star players are rested, it’s wonderful that India continues to provide chances to players like Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Deepak Hooda, and Sanju Samson. But what if these unimportant players make runs? Do you inform them that they have been cut just because the major players are now available? Will they not realize what they have done wrong?”