Team India skipper Virat Kohli stated that the team management would give the much-needed rest to some of the key batsmen in the Indian team who has been playing constant cricket in the last year or so. With two gruelling and tough overseas series slated for next year, the team management must give rest to their key players to manage the workload.
India is scheduled to play New Zealand in a three-match ODI series starting tomorrow, and following the completion of the limited overs series, Sri Lanka will travel here for a full series. After the completion of these two series, India will directly fly to South Africa where they are slated to play 3 Tests, 6 ODI’s and 3 T20I’s from January. The hectic schedule will continue as it will be followed by a lengthy tour of England in July 2018 where they are slated to play 5 Tests, 3 ODI’s and 3 T20I’s. The skipper also stated the fact that it’s not only the batsmen who will be rested as the bowling unit will be rotated too to keep them fit for the gruelling overseas tours next year.
“Yes, we have spoken about it (the schedule), it’s become quite hectic. That’s something we will definitely have to sit and discuss in future. Because, if you look at New Zealand, they haven’t played any cricket after Champions Trophy. There has been such a good lay off. It can be the difference in doing well in a big tournament and performing poorly,” Kohli said.
“Everyone needs time to come back, especially the fast bowlers. So we are doing that now with Umesh and Shami. We want them fresh for a Test season coming up. We don’t want overtired players and that’s something we have spoken about already.”
“Even some of the key batsmen will definitely get some rest in the future weeks because of the importance of the away tours coming up. So we will have to figure out ways to do that. But it’s certainly a thing that we need to discuss for the future as well,” Kohli was quoted as saying as India prepares to face New Zealand in the 1st of the 3 match ODI series at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
“We are expected to perform on a consistent basis. But I think the rest and time to prepare should be adequate for all. This should not be an area where players are changed according to form, you need to look at all aspects in terms of how many games you are playing, how much rest you are getting,” Kohli said.
The captain said that the team management would look after the future of the bowlers and manage their workload carefully so that the rhythm stays the same for the bowlers bowling in any format of the game. For a pacer to remain fit, he has to remain fresh.
“It’s a rhythm thing. With batsmen it’s very different, with bowlers it’s even more difficult because you really need to change the way you bowl as per the demands of different formats. It’s been a combination of both giving guys chances as well as understanding the workload of bowlers who have played for a while,” Kohli said.