Rahul Dravid
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Rahul Dravid, the Indian head coach made it clear that senior batters will compete in the important tournament-2023 ODI WC unless there are injury concerns after questions were raised about the senior Indian players’ availability in the upcoming IPL 2023 considering the ODI World Cup 2023 scheduled to be held later this year in India.

Workload management is something that turns out to be one of the key factors in Indian cricket and it was seen in the recent past that the workload of seniors like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma is being managed by giving them rest in T20Is.

Rahul Dravid Photo Credit: PTI
Rahul Dravid Photo Credit: PTI

Rahul Dravid Reckons India Will Have To Keep Balancing Workload And Injury Management To Ensure Senior Players Play Important Tournaments

According to BCCI’s new policy, the workload of key players will be monitored during this year’s IPL 2023 by the NCA and the franchisees considering the 50-over World Cup 2023 at home in October-November.

“Workload management is something that is a part and parcel of the game today. We keep reviewing these things. You will call the break we have given to some of our boys (Rohit, Virat, KL) in the T20 series as workload management,” Rahul Dravid answered a query during a media conference ahead of the 3rd ODI against New Zealand.

“Injury management and workload management are two different things, we have to keep balancing the two based on what the priority is for us in the short term considering the amount of cricket we play and ensuring that we have our big players available for us in the big tournaments,” said Rahul Dravid.

Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma
Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma (Credits: Twitter)

He added that “targeted” players for the ODI World Cup 2023 will be playing the IPL 2023 as it will help them assess their T20 skills.

“In terms of the IPL, the NCA and our medical team is constantly in touch with the franchises, and if there are any issues or injuries we connect with them. Unless the players are injured or there are other concerns then of course I think the BCCI has the right to pull them out,” said Rahul Dravid.

“But if they are fit we do release them for the IPL because it’s an important tournament. It is a very big tournament for the BCCI, in terms of our preparation for the 2024 T20 World Cup as well. It is important as it helps us assist the performances of our players in the specific T20 format,” said Rahul Dravid.

After going through an extended lean patch, Virat Kohli returned to form in last year’s Asia Cup 2022 and continued his good run at the T20 World Cup 2022 as well but the batting maestro, skipper Rohit Sharma, and KL Rahul have not featured in a single T20I game since the marquee event in Australia.

Rahul Dravid: Playing All 4 Border-Gavaskar India-Australia Matches For A Potential WTC Final Qualification Is Important

The trio is set to miss the T20I series against New Zealand starting next week. But Rahul Dravid feels the break is needed before the two-week camp ahead of the all-important Test series against Australia starting next month.

“You need to play certain white-ball tournaments in certain stages of time. Playing the four matches of the Border Gavaskar for a potential WTC qualification is important. There were some white ball tournaments we had to prioritize and after T20 WC. Virat has played all six games (ODIs). He will get some break along with Rohit and some of the other guys and then come back refreshed on the 2nd February for a two-weeks camp ahead of Tests.”

Shubman Gill (Credits: Twitter)
Shubman Gill (Credits: Twitter)

In the 3rd ODI, Rohit Sharma & Shubman Gill took the team to a flyer as India managed to score 82 runs in the power-play overs. Both the batters were toying with the bowlers as there was nothing significant in the pitch for the bowlers. While Rohit Sharma scored 101, Shubman Gill scored 112. India have lost 6 wickets but has crossed 300 runs in the 45th over at a run rate of 7+

Rahul Dravid informed that the Test players won’t be having any red-ball match practice before the first Test against Australia in Nagpur starting February 9 on the eve of the third One-Day International against New Zealand at Indore’s Holkar Stadium.

The Indian team will undergo a preparatory camp before the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series, but no player in the squad will be released to play Ranji Trophy ahead of the contest against the visiting Australians. The Ranji Trophy quarterfinals are slated for January 31 while the preparatory camp for India vs Australia series starts on February 2. India play their first Test match against Australia on February 9.