In order to manage his workload, Mumbai Indians (MI) regular skipper Rohit Sharma is expected to miss a few matches in the 16th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). With Rohit’s absence, the side will be led by flamboyant batter Suryakumar Yadav.
It is thought that the skipper has resolved to minimise his workload in order to remain healthy for the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) 2021-23 season finale. Incidentally, India will face Australia in the finals of the red-ball ICC event on June 7 at the Oval in London.
According to the Indian Express, Rohit will likely choose which IPL games he will participate this season. He will, however, continue to travel with the team and will mentor Suryakumar Yadav, who will be in charge this season.
Rohit Sharma comments on his playing time for MI this season
Incidentally, during MI’s news conference on Wednesday, Rohit was asked if he will be rested for a few games, to which the skipper and head coach, Mark Boucher, quickly responded.
“I will leave it to Mark (Boucher),”
Told Rohit in the press conference.
“If he (Rohit) wants we will rest him,”
Following the conclusion of the ODI series against Australia, Rohit reiterated that it was the players’ and IPL franchises’ responsibility to keep themselves healthy for national duty. Injuries plagued Rohit, who emphasised workload control for the players prior of the ICC games.
The words are in reference to Team India’s participation in the ICC World Test Championship final, as well as the upcoming edition of the ODI World Cup in October-November of this year.
“It’s all up to the franchises now. They own them now. We have given some indications to the teams, but at the end of the day, it’s up to the franchises. And more importantly, it’s up to the players. They are all adults; they have to look after their bodies. If they feel it’s getting a bit too much, they can talk about it and take a break in one or two games. I doubt if that will happen, but,”
Rohit was quoted as saying by Indian Express.
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