Team India captain, Rohit Sharma, has announced that the team management is working on managing the workload of the fast bowlers ahead of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in February. India will engage in a four-match red-ball series against fierce rivals Australia, scheduled to begin on February 9th.
The Indian team secured victory in the ongoing ODI series against New Zealand, as they emerged victorious in the second match in Raipur on January 21st. Thanks to a strong performance from the Indian bowlers, the visitors were dismissed for 108 runs, making it easy for the Indian batters to chase the total and take an unassailable lead in the series.
With important fixtures ahead, Sharma emphasized the importance of taking care of the bowlers. “They (the fast bowlers) were quite happy to go on, but I told them, boss, there’s a Test series coming up, so they have to look after themselves. I have to step in and draw the line to say there are other bowlers as well,” Sharma said after the win in the second ODI.
It is worth noting that the bowling unit has produced some exceptional results recently, including in the series win against Sri Lanka and the ongoing series with New Zealand. Sharma also praised the efforts put in by the bowlers and added that he was delighted to see their hard work being rewarded. “I thought the bowlers have really stepped in the last five games. They’ve done whatever is asked of them. Especially seeing such performances in India to nip the ball around, it’s great to see. To see them being rewarded for the hard work is good,” Sharma added.
India will aim to conclude the three-match ODI series with a whitewash, as they did against Sri Lanka previously. After the conclusion of the ODI and T20I series, the home side will shift their focus to the all-important Australia series.