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Dhoni & Kohli are rested for tri-series

01 March 2018
Dhoni & Kohli are rested for tri-series

The All-India Senior Selection Committee of the of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Sunday named Rohit Sharma as the stand-in captain of the Indian side, while Shikhar Dhawan will serve as his deputy.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has made a decision to rest captain Virat Kohli, wicketkeeper MS Dhoni and pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya for the series.

Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni fast bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav and all rounder Hardik Pandya were rested as national selectors named Rohit Sharma as captain of the 15-member team for the Nidahas Trophy, a T20 tri-nation series in Sri Lanka.

Dinesh Karthik and Delhi's Rishabh Pant are the wicket-keepers chosen to fill in for Dhoni.

After a tiring Test series in South Africa, India bounced back in both, One Day Internationals (ODI), and T20I series and won them comprehensively.

Former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was also rested, which allowed Delhi's Rishabh Pant to join the squad as the second wicketkeeper, along with Dinesh Karthik. We've kept in mind the workload and upcoming schedule while finalizing the team for Nidahas Trophy. Shikhar Dhawan has been appointed vice-captain.

Pandya, whose batting form faded in South Africa, was also given time away from the team. Baroda batsman Deepak Hooda got his first India call-up on the back of some impressive performances in domestic cricket, especially in the shorter formats.

The triangular Twenty20 worldwide tournament is starting on March 6 at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

As India's victorious journey in South Africa came to an end, the team is ready for smashing runs at the forthcoming Twenty20 worldwide tournament "Nidahas Trophy" in Sri Lanka under the captaincy of "Hitman" Rohit Sharma.