first_imgIt now appears highly likely that run-machine Virat Kohli and openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan will be rested for India’s tour of Zimbabwe, which starts on June 11. (Kohli is playing like Batman, says Gayle)However, there was no word on skipper MS Dhoni’s availability for the short limited-overs series. Among the four, he is the only one who does not play Test cricket, having retired from the format in December 2014. (Victory is my biggest craving, says Kohli)India will play three ODIs and two T20 Internationals during the series which will mark the end of the season.”It is more or less certain that both Virat and Rohit will be rested for series against Zimbabwe. They have been playing non-stop cricket for the last six months and are required to be fresh before India embarks on their tour to West Indies. The chances of Shikhar Dhawan going for the Zimbabwe tour are also very less,” a top BCCI source told PTI. (Bumrah ready to play Test cricket, says Ponting)KOHLI CONSTANTLY ON THE MOVEKohli has not missed a single international since January this year. After the gruelling limited-overs tour of Australia, Kohli was rested for the three-match T20 series against Sri Lanka but returned to score heavily in the Asia Cup T20 and the World T20.Kohli, who leads Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League, is currently the highest scorer this season. He suffered a split web against Kolkata Knight Riders but battled severe pain to smash his fifth fifty of the season. He already has three hundreds this season. (Nehra mystified with omission after 2011 World Cup)advertisementHUGE WORKLOADSince the start of the home series against South Africa last October, Kohli has played four Tests, 10 ODIs, 15 T20 Internationals apart from the ongoing IPL.With Kohli set to lead India in 17 Tests, including four away games, in what will be one of the most gruelling home seasons, India’s No 1 batsman needs suitable time to get ready for the next season.ROHIT A BUSY BEE TOODitto for Rohit, who has also been playing for the better part of last six months save the two Test, where he was not in the playing XI.However there is no clarity on whether ODI skipper Dhoni will be leading the side in Zimbabwe as he also had his fair share of workload.DHONI A CERTAINTY FOR ZIMBABWE?If Dhoni skips Zimbabwe tour, he might not have anything to play in 2016 unless BCCI organises a few limited-overs matches this season.In case Dhoni does not go, Ajinkya Rahane, like last year, will be leading a young second-string squad to Zimbabwe.The wicket-keeping duties could be handed over to KL Rahul, whose good form in the IPL has not gone unnoticed.NEWCOMERS IN WITH A CHANCE?It will be interesting to see if Sandeep Patil-led committee includes phenomenally talented Delhi lad Rishabh Pant as this is last chance for the selectors to try some juniors with India set to play only Test matches at home.NEW NEW-BALL PAIR?Mohammed Shami and Mohit Sharma — both coming back from injuries and plying their trade in the IPL could be sharing the new ball.Harbhajan Singh and Amit Mishra could be the two frontline spinners along with Ravindra Jadeja. Krunal Pandya, another batsman, who has impressed in the IPL could find a slot in the team while his brother Hardik may find it difficult to retain his place. Hardik is already struggling to keep his place in Mumbai Indians’ playing XI.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more