New Delhi. The second half of IPL 2021 (IPL 2021 2nd Phase) is being played in UAE. The final of the tournament will be held on October 15. T20 World Cup will start from 2 days after this. Team India has been announced for this and most of the players selected in this team are currently playing IPL. In such a situation, to save these players from injury and workload, BCCI has written a letter to all the franchises. In this, all the teams have been requested to reduce the workload of the players involved in the T20 World Cup squad.
This appeal of BCCI showed its effect only in the first match of the second half of IPL 2021. This match was played between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians. Captain Rohit Sharma and all-rounder Hardik Pandya did not play for Mumbai in this match. According to Inside Sports, it was not a mere coincidence. Both these players were given rest by the franchise keeping in mind the T20 World Cup.
BCCI asked to manage Rohit Sharma’s workload
A senior BCCI official told Inside Sport that Rohit Sharma is a very important player for the T20 World Cup. That’s why we don’t want to take any risk with them. It was a good idea of Mumbai Indians to rest Rohit in the very first match. Rohit has just recovered from his knee injury. We have advised both Rohit Sharma and Mumbai Indians that the T20 World Cup is the priority for us, keep the workload of the players as low as possible. However, Mumbai Indians had told the team management’s decision not to play Rohit and Hardik in the first match. But the reality is related to the workload.
6 players from MI included in the World Cup squad
Six players from Mumbai Indians are in India’s 15-man World Cup squad and five of them will definitely make it to the Playing XI in the tournament. This includes Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, Rahul Chahar. Both Rohit and Jasprit have played all the four Tests in England. In such a situation, both are under the scanner on the fitness front.
Bumrah’s workload needs to be managed
The board official further said that like Rohit, Bumrah has returned to the rhythm after recovering from injury. He is an important player for us not only in the T20 World Cup, but also for the Test series against New Zealand after that. They are eager to play all the matches in the IPL, but it will be necessary to manage their workload. We have advised the Mumbai franchise regarding this, but the rest of the decision has to be taken by the team itself. BCCI cannot pressurize any franchise to rest a player unless the player is injured.
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Bumrah bowled 151 overs on England tour
Bumrah bowled 151 overs in England, which was the highest among Indian bowlers. He has also batted 25 overs in the series. Since the Indian pacer has a history of injury, the BCCI has advised Mumbai Indians and Bumrah to rest in the IPL and not risk any injury.
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Virat Kohli can also be seen resting
According to a BCCI official, Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah are very important players for us. He said that there is no tension about Virat Kohli’s fitness, as he is one of the fittest players in the team. As far as his form is concerned, Kohli knows more than anyone. If he comes back in form after playing more matches, then we have no problem with that. It will completely depend on him whether he wants to play all the matches of the second half of the IPL or not.
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