India Likely to Rest Key 'Overworked' Players in Final ODI at Leeds
Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled 172.5 overs in the five Tests, picking up 19 wickets and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni did mention after the Birmingham win that he had thought of giving the medium-pacer rest after a few Test matches.
After taking an unbeatable 3-0 lead after the nine-wicket win in the fourth ODI against England, India are likely to give a break to many of their key players in the fifth and final match at Leeds, here on Friday.Â ('Selfish' Cook dropping players better than him: Vaughan)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled 172.5 overs in the five Tests, picking up 19 wickets and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni did mention after the Birmingham win that he had thought of giving the medium-pacer rest after a few Test matches. (Dhawan credits Ravi Shastri for change in fortunes)
"In the middle of the Test series, he was slightly overbowled," said Dhoni after the win at Edgbaston. (MS Dhoni becomes India's most successful ODI skipper)
"We bowled him more with the new ball. If Ishant (Sharma) was fit, maybe we could have given Bhuvi rest in one of the Test matches in the middle of the series. But we couldn't really do that. It was good on him to go through the Test series despite a few niggles." (Make changes or keep losing: Kevin Pietersen tells England)
Ishant Sharma's injury pullout after just three Tests put more burden on Bhuvneshwar as Mohammed Shami (5 wickets in 3 Tests) was a huge disappointment as well. (India can defend World Cup title: Sunil Gavaskar)
Dhoni was all praise for Bhuvneshwar's performance in English conditions.
"He is a fantastic fast bowler because he can swing the ball. And in England, bowlers who can swing the ball are really successful," said Dhoni.
"He has bowled the right length. He has exploited the conditions when there was help for him. He pushed the batsmen to play. That is crucial in these conditions."
"A lot of Indian bowlers when they make debut for the country lose their pace after some time. He is one of those who have gained a couple of yards instead. That really helps because in international circuit once you drop down, even if you are a swing bowler, it is very difficult to maintain that effectiveness," the skipper added.
But the Indian think-tank would certainly be in a catch-22 situation at Leeds as dropping a few players might disturb a winning combination and also hinder their 2015 World Cup preparations.
Only time will tell if Dhoni & Co. decide to go for an all out attack to sweep the series with their winning combination or give some new faces a feel of English conditions.