All-format seniors rested; Test seniors return
A number of ‘all-format’ senior players – Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Rishabh Pant – have been rested for the series against New Zealand. In addition, captain Virat Kohli will also be unavailable for the 1st Test in Kanpur.
Earlier this week, it was also confirmed that KL Rahul will be missing the series due to a muscle injury. This allows the team management with an opportunity to test their bench strength even as Test seniors – Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav return.