Now, the Men in Blue have only seven games before the commencement of the 2019 Cricket World Cup. India will play home series against Australia, which will comprise of two T20Is and five ODIs. India will look to fine-tune their team ahead of the all-important ICC megaevent that takes place every four years. According to Indian off-spinner, Harbhajan Singh, India should rest some senior players and try out youngsters in the five-match ODI series against Australia.
In an interview with India Today, Harbhajan Singh said, “I don’t think you need to put the best 11-13 players in play because they had a very long tour of Australia and New Zealand. If they are asked to play in India, it might be too much for their body and then there is IPL also. So it will be good if the senior players can be rested as much as possible.
“This can be taken a chance for players like Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Priyank Panchal and similarly you can see Siddarth Kaul and Mayank Markande, these young players can be given a chance and the pool should be expanded. If the pool is large, more and more players will come.
“Don’t think only about the World Cup but there has to be cricket after that too and a look should be given to people who will play after that and those should be looked at. Some senior players should be rested and some young players should get the opportunity in India vs Australia series and it should be a mix-and-match,” Harbhajan said.