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Sharma talks about load management
Nov 18, 2021, 3:17:00 AM

Sharma talks about load management

India’s new T20I skipper Rohit Sharma is quick on his calls and has made some moves to tweak his squad. Perhaps the biggest move he made so far is to explain the need for more rest days for the Indian squad, and he was more vocal about it than any other issue.

The Men in Blue wrapped up their run at the T20 World Cup on a tough note, and they sure need a lot of changes to get back to their groove in the coming months and years. With Sharma now being the new skipper for the format, fans are keen to see more from the squad.

Sharma said that there is a need for players to get a longer rest in between games. This complaint comes in as India is playing against New Zealand for three T20Is and two Tests just a few days after their run in the T20 World Cup.

In comparison, the Black Caps played the World Cup final against Australia on November 14, and they flew to Jaipur for the T20 series in three days. They are also set to play matches against the Men in Blue on November 19 and 21. This is not a good look as Sharma says.

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‘Workload management is very important to us. Players are not machines. Taking time off is necessary’, Sharma said. ‘Some players who have been playing for a long time need to be rested to remain fresh. We want all our boys to be mentally fresh for the challenges ahead’.

India opted to rest some of their lead stars in the series. Players such as Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami will not play. This means that they are fielding a lot of new players for this competition.

On top of that, India also came into the TWC. They played Australia from November 2020 to January 2021 - which was played in an all-format series and was followed by a series versus England from February to March.

Fatigue is always a strong factor in any game, which means that there is more to expect from India’s games if they could have longer rests.

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Words: Paul Daniel Flores

Image: PA