India vs Australia: Bumrah and Shami likely to rotate when T20I collide with red ball warm-up tie
India’s leading bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami are unlikely to play the next six white ball games against Australia as team management would like to keep them battle ready for the four-round series. which begins on December 17th.
India is starting its two-month tour of Australia with three ODIs followed by as many T20 Internationals, to be played between November 27 and December 8 in Sydney and Canberra.
If BCCI sources are to be believed, Bumrah and Shami’s workload management is paramount for Head Coach Ravi Shastri and Bowling Coach Bharath Arun in case Ishant Sharma is not available for the first test. .
The first red ball warm-up game at Drummoyne Oval will be played December 6-8. However, the second and third T20 International in India will coincide with the first warm-up game for the Trials.
There is a school of thought that with Bumrah and Shami as an integral part of India’s test match plans, management (head coach Ravi Shastri, captain Virat Kohli and bowling coach Bharat Arun) will not risk play them in six consecutive games in just 12 days.
“If they both (Bumrah and Shami) play the T20 Internationals (December 4, 6 and 8), then they will have one less warm-up game, which I don’t think the team management likes at the moment,” a source said.
So there is a chance that Shami and Bumrah will rotate during the white ball series.
Shami has mainly been seen bowling with pink and red balls during net sessions, which is an indicator of where her priorities and those of her team lie.
Both Bumrah and Shami may be playing ODIs where they can throw their quota of 10 over and then switch to Test match mode by playing the warm-up games that will help them get the overs under their belt before Day-Night. game at Adelaide Oval.
In fact, there is a pink ball warm-up game at SCG on December 11-13, where the 11 likely Indians will play in dress rehearsal.
In that case, the first XI of the T20 could feature Deepak Chahar, Thangarasu ‘Yorker’ Natarajan and Navdeep Saini as the rhythm trio with Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja and Washington Sundar in the spinning attack.