KL Rahul, Ajinkya Rahane to be recalled to Team India

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MS Dhoni plays a shot during the first T20 match between New Zealand and India

However, that doesn't mean India will field its first-choice World Cup squad against a struggling Australian outfit.

However, it might not be the case for there are murmurs of the selectors continuing to test their bench strength.

India's Test Vice-Captain Ajinkya Rahane and opener KL Rahul could be recalled to India's One Day International (ODI) squad for the upcoming home series against Australia as Indian selectors are now looking at testing out a few more players leading up to the World Cup. Meanwhile, India's limited overs deputy Rohit Sharma who had led in the recently concluded series is expected to get rest to spend more time with his newly born daughter. In what will be India's last worldwide assignment before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, India will host Australia for two T20Is and five ODIs. While Karthik has made a name as a finisher in the recent times (he though failed to take India home in the final T20I against New Zealand and also came under criticism for not taking a single at a crucial time), Pant has come up fast through the ranks as well for his batting skills.

It will be interesting to see if Kohli, who was rested for the last two ODIs and the three T20Is in New Zealand, plays all five ODIs since the selectors may be tempted to try out a few back-up options.

The pace triumvirate of Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami is also likely to be rotated in order to help them recover.

Workload management will be a big focus point for the selectors and the Indian management and head coach Ravi Shastri has already made it clear that players will be monitored even during the IPL.

"We want to make sure that they play only an optimal number of matches without affecting their fitness or form for the World Cup. But this IPL will be about monitoring the players, keeping the World Cup in mind", he told Cricbuzz in an interview.

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