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Rohit rested for first four-dayer in NZ amid workload concerns

Rohit Sharma as destructive as Sir Viv and Sehwag: Sunil Gavaskar Rohit Sharma rested for India A's four-day game against New Zealand A
Cary Erickson | 13 November, 2018, 21:36

He will be leaving for Australia from Mumbai on November 16. But unlike the other Australia-bound players present in New Zealand, Rohit captained India in the ODI and T20 series against the West Indies in the absence of Virat Kohli, who too was rested ahead of the important assignment Down Under.

India's limited over deputy Rohit Sharma has been rested from India A four-day match against New Zealand A. The decision is taken while keeping in mind the workload of Rohit Sharma. However, the opener remains the only Indian cricketer to score three T20Itons and strike rate of 136.91 (before the match) is the best among the top-5 Indian run-scorers.

Ajinkya Rahane will lead the side that features the likes of Prithvi Shaw, Murali Vijay, Hanuma Vihari, and Parthiv Patel from the squad that will play Australia. The two cricketing giants will then play four Tests and three ODIs.

Keeping in mind his recent workload, Rohit Sharma was on Tuesday rested for India A's first unofficial Test in New Zealand after being named in the squad originally.

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India's tour of Australia starts with a three-match Twenty20 global series from November 21. India A will play three unofficial Tests against New Zealand A and also three one dayers. Missing the first T20I against Australia on November 21 would have been worth it as it would have provided him good practice for the upcoming Test series.

Rohit is also part of the India squad to face Australia in a four-match Test series starting December 6.

When it comes to guessing the highest run-scorer for India in T20Is, the usual guesses are always Virat Kohli or Rohit Sharma. With the seniors playing only the opening game, a separate India A squad was named for the second and third four-day matches.