The Indian off-spinner Ravi Ashwin will be unavailable for the upcoming limited over series against Australia, as he is now playing the county cricket. He was also not a part of the recent Sri Lankan limited over series.
The fast swing bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar might be also rested for the series due to the upcoming busy schedule of Indian Cricket Team and Umesh Yadav might be back in the team, as Mohammad Shami had any injury-related issues.
“Ashwin was sent to England to play as many matches as possible. There is no point calling him back just after two matches, because there is no definite need to play him against Australia. The selectors and the team management have a long-term plan, keeping the 2019 World Cup in mind. For that one needs to keep a process — which started in Sri Lanka — going forward in the Australia series too. There will be one or two experiments,” an official said.
“Our pacers have to be monitored. Despite a long season in 2016-17, none of them except for (Mohammad) Shami had any injury-related issues.
The niggles were identified and given adequate time to recover. So it is better to rest them when they raise an alarm, instead of losing them altogether for a long period, because it will affect their momentum and rhythm. And it is very harsh on the bowlers because they need more time on the rehabilitation front,” the official added.
The Indian Team will be announced for the first three One Day International matches on Today. As the Australia limited over series is starting from 17th September. First the team India will play five One Day Internationals after that three Twenty-20 International matches are also scheduled.