Indian skipper Virat Kohli has stressed on the importance of managing the workload of the fast bowlers during the long home season. “It`s very important to manage workload, especially for your fast bowlers,” Kohli said ahead of the third Test against New Zealand starting in Indore on Saturday.
Sharma is yet to recover from chikungunya while Kumar picked up an injury in the second Test in Kolkata. The duo and Shami, who impressed on his Test return, have been rested for the upcoming five-match ODI series against the Kiwis.
“For the one-day matches, they`ve been given rest because it`s a long Test season and we need the bowlers fresh,” Kohli was quoted as saying by the AFP news agency.
The fast bowlers accounted for 15 wickets in spin-friendly conditions in the opening two Tests that saw the hosts take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series to reclaim the top spot in the ICC Test rankings after winning the second Test in Kolkata by a massive 178 runs.
Kumar's five-wicket haul in the first innings in Kolkata and Shami’s spell in the second innings, where he took three wickets, were instrumental in setting up the win.
“Shami is someone who has come back very well, he`s worked very hard on his fitness as well. You can see he`s able to bowl those five-six over spells now,” Kohli said of the speedster.
Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson, who missed the second Test with a viral illness, also admitted that the Indian fast bowlers have outperformed the Kiwi pacers in the series so far.
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