Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah were among some top India cricketers rested for the T20I tri-series in Sri Lanka also featuring Bangladesh.After an arduous tour of South Africa, where India won nine out of their 12 matches, it was thought best to give the senior pros some rest.Kohli, who had got a break from the limited-overs leg just before the South Africa tour, performed admirably again and amassed 871 runs from three Tests, six ODIs and two T20Is. He was rested from the final T20I due to a stiff back. In the process, Kohli scored the most runs by an Indian captain on an away tour. The previous most for India was by Rahul Dravid who made 645 runs on West Indies tour in 2006. Overall, It’s the second most by any captain behind Graeme Smith’s tally of 937 against England in 2003. Kohli scored 27 in the two first two T20Is, 558 in the ODI series and 286 in the three Tests.Pandya played all 12 matches on tour while Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah were rested at different times.Dhoni played all six ODIs and three T20Is.All these players will soon feature in the Indian Premier League which will be followed by a one-off Test against Afghanistan before India embark on their tour of Ireland and England.Not surprisingly then, India decided to rest their stars – Kohli and Dhoni among them. In Kohli’s absence Rohit Sharma was named captain of the T20I team and his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan was named his deputy.advertisement Rohit Sharma will lead the Indian team in T20I tri-series in Sri Lanka (BCCI Photo)It’s not often India have played without either of Kohli or Dhoni over the last decade.The last time India took the field in a limited-overs tour without Kohli and Dhoni was 32 months ago – back in July 2015 for an ODI and T20I series against Zimbabwe.However, India did not miss their top guns against Zimbabwe – Ajinkya Rahane, who captained India in the absence of Dhoni and Kohli – oversaw a 3-0 whitewash of the hosts. The teams shared honours in the two-match T20I series with both winning one match each.Ambati Rayudu finished as the leading run-getter with 165 runs from two ODI matches while Kedar Jadhav (126) and Stuart Binny (120) also enjoyed a successful tour. Binny also finished with six wickets in the ODIs while Bhuvneshwar and Axar Patel grabbed five wickets each.Of course, neither Kohli nor Dhoni played in the final Test of the four-match series against Australia in Dharamsala in March 2017.Kohli had been rested following a shoulder injury he sustained in Ranchi while Dhoni had retired from Test cricket in December 2014.