Former Indian National Cricket team all-rounder Irfan Pathan feels the fast bowlers should play as many matches as possible ahead of the ICC World Cup in England and Wales starting from May 30. Meanwhile, there is a wide-ranging debate going around regarding whether the pacers should play the entire season of the Indian Premier League starting from March 23. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have carefully managed the workload of the fast bowlers to keep them injury-free ahead of the showpiece event. But with IPL approaching, there have been speculations that the apex body may urge the franchises to not field the Indian team pacers in every game.
Concentrate more on recovery
The cricketing world, meanwhile, has been divided into two halves with this debate coming up every day. While many have opined that the pacers should be dealt with extra care, many including Irfan Pathan believes that they will get better with each passing game. Pathan, who had a brief international career, feels the players should instead concentrate more on the rehabilitation process. The veteran cricketer recently appeared on a question-answer session from his official Instagram handle where he took questions from various issues. A fan during that process asked him his take on the seamers playing full IPL season ahead of the World Cup. Irfan Pathan was clear to state that he feels one will get better if he plays more games. In addition, he also advised concentrating more on recovery sessions like spending time on swimming pools and stretching.
“They should concentrate extra on recovery session. Like swiming pool stretching ice baths. Goodnight sleep. Also lots of core and as for plying I think the more they play better it is,” Pathan wrote.
Rahul should be in the World Cup squad
Moreover, Irfan Pathan also feels the KL Rahul, who finally returned to form, will be in the flight to the United Kingdom. Rahul played two crucial knocks in the two T20Is against Australia to announce his arrival. But surprisingly, the management left him out of the first three ODIs to give Ambati Rayudu an opportunity. However, he finally made it to the team in the fourth game but got very little opportunity to showcase his form. He scored 26 runs and got out in a bid to score quick runs.
Rahul is likely to get his final opportunity in the fifth ODI against Australia but Irfan Pathan feels the Karnataka opener will be in the squad for the World Cup.