Indian skipper, Virat Kohli and fast-bowler, Jasprit Bumrah are likely to be rested for the entire West Indies series starting from August 3. India is scheduled to play three T20 Internationals, three ODIs and two Tests against the Caribbean side.
Kohli and Bumrah have been playing non-stop cricket for the past one year and in order to save their two best cricketers for the long home season ahead, the selection committee wants to provide them with a decent break.
In Kohli’s absence, vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane is expected to lead the Indian Test team while Rohit Sharma will lead the T20 and ODI sides. Meanwhile, a big question mark still dangles over MS Dhoni’s future.
The two Test matches against West Indies would also mark the beginning of India’s hunt for the ICC World Test Championship for the 2019-21 cycle with the final to be played in England in 2021.