Despite the intense workload on several key Indian players who feature in all three formats, new head coach Rahul Dravid is not looking at fielding completely different teams in each version of the game.
Players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja have been on the road, and on the field, almost non-stop for the last several months. This, allied with the compulsion to stay in bio-secure bubbles during the pandemic, left them a bit jaded during the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, from which India made a group-stage exit.
“I am certainly not looking at different teams for the three formats. There are certain players who will play just one format or other. I would love someone like Rohit Sharma (sitting next to him) to play all three formats. We of course will prioritise players’ well-being,” Dravid said on the eve of the three-match T20I series against New Zealand starting in Jaipur on Wednesday.
After the early ouster from the T20 World Cup, several players have been rested through various parts of the home series, which also includes two Tests.
Kohli will miss the T20 series and the first Test, in which India will be led by Ajinkya Rahane, while Bumrah and Mohammed Shami will also skip the three white-ball fixtures. New T20I skipper Sharma and wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant will not be present in the Test series, while Jadeja will be absent from the T20Is.