XtraTime Web Desk: India skipper Virat Kohli and vice captain Rohit Sharma are again not on the same page. Kohli wants World Cup-bound fast bowlers to be rested from next year’s IPL but the idea mooted at a meeting with the Committee of Administrators (CoA) is unlikely to find favour with the franchises. Especially he wants Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah to be rested from the entire IPL to keep them fresh for the World Cup.
“The IPL is starting on March 29 and will finish on May 19. In any case, there will be a 15-day gap before India play their first World Cup game against South Africa on June 5. So there is no chance that pacers can be rested for the entire duration of the IPL,” a senior official, who was present in the meeting, said on Thursday.
In fact, limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma,who was present in the meeting, was in no mood to be on the same page with his skipper.
“When Kohli mooted the idea, CoA chief Vinod Rai asked Rohit about his take. Rohit apparently said, ‘If Mumbai Indians reach playoffs or finals and if Bumrah happens to be fit, then I cannot afford to rest him,”’ the official said.
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