Bhuvneshwar will play important role in T20 World Cup, his workload management important: VVS Laxman

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Former India cricketer VVS Laxman feels Bhuvneshwar will play a important role in India's T20 World Cup campaign later this year in November & the his workload management needs to be prioritized.

"I still feel great & happy that Bhuvneshwar has regained fitness because he's such an important bowler, especially in white-ball cricket for India," Laxman said on Star Sports' 'Cricket Connected'.

"Apart from Bumrah, if there's anyone in that Indian bowling line-up who has got the experience of bowling not only with the new ball but also at the death.

"He is such an important member, we have to look after Bhuvneshwar the fast bowler because he will be playing a very important role, come November when the World Cup will happen," Laxman added.

"For him to be 100 per cent fit, I think a lot of priority & prominence has to be given to manage the workload and the injury of Bhuvneshwar"

VVS Laxman doesn't expect Bhuvi to feature in more than two games in the five-match series against England, starting in Ahmedabad on Friday.

"I hope that he doesn't play all the five matches. I think he can be rested in between."

On the batting front, Laxman backed KL Rahul over Shikhar Dhawan to open the innings alongside Rohit Sharma.

"It will be a tough question, as far as the selection of the second opener is concerned. There's no doubt about that because Rohit Sharma is an automatic choice in white-ball cricket.  

"I will still go with Rahul because over the last few months & years, I think the Indian team management went with KL Rahul as an opening batsman and he has done really well in that position."

Despite good IPL and Vijay Hazare campaigns in the last few months, Sikhar is expected to be the reserve opener in the series.

"You have someone as experienced as Shikhar Dhawan, who can be the backup opener in case one of these openers Rohit/Rahul gets injured or lose their form," he added.