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India’s omission of star Virat Kohli and skipper Rohit Sharma in an upcoming Twenty20 series against New Zealand is only to give them a rest, coach Rahul Dravid said on Monday. The duo’s absence in two successive series had fueled rumors that Hardik Pandya would take over as permanent captain of the T20. with Friday’s opener.
Ahead of the final one-day international against New Zealand on Tuesday, Dravid said India would prioritize the 50-over format going into this year’s Cricket World Cup.
“There are certain priorities we have to give to certain white-ball tournaments,” Dravid, whose team already has an unassailable 2-0 lead in the ODI series, told reporters in Indore.
India will host Australia for four Tests from February 9, followed by three ODI matches. “So the priority after last year’s T20 World Cup has been these six games and Virat has played all these six games and he will get a bit of a break along with Rohit,” said Dravid, referring to the ODIs against Sri Lanka and New -Zealand. .
Dravid was further pressured over India’s plans for a split captaincy across different formats. “That’s a question you should ask the selectors, but at the moment I don’t think so,” said the 50-year-old.
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