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There were reports that Virat Kohli and the Indian team’s think tank has given a word to the IPL franchises to manage the workload of Indian players, who are set to be part of India’s World Cup squad. However, Indian skipper Virat Kohli has cleared the speculations as he has stated that there is no cap on the players for their participation in the Indian Premier League.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli has insisted that Indian players need to be smart in managing their workload in the domestic T20 league. In fact, Kohli said that every player’s body is different and it reacts differently to the workload.
No cap on Indian players.
“You cannot put a cap on anything,” Kohli said in Bengaluru, at an event to launch a new app for Royal Challengers Bangalore, his IPL franchise. “If I’m able to play 10, 12 or 15 games, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the other guy can only play that many. My body might demand I play a certain number of games and I need to be smart about that and rest. Someone else’s body might be more capable than mine or less, that is a very individual thing. And everyone wants to play the World Cup, so people will be smart about it because you don’t want to miss out on such a big event.”
On the other hand, Kohli feels it is the responsibility of the Indian players to keep a check on their fitness as well as on their workloads. The final of the IPL is expected to be played on May 12.
Players should manage their fitness.
“From a responsibility point of view, all the Indian players will have the responsibility during the IPL to keep a watch on their fitness and their workloads,” he said. “And to continue the frame of mind we have created in the Indian team – strive towards excellence and improve every day. Each player will take this tournament as an opportunity to go to the World Cup in a good frame of mind.”
Virat Kohli has given the right message to his Indian teammates. It is crucial for all the players to manage their workload to stay fit for the upcoming World Cup. The Indian Premier League will begin when reigning champions Chennai Super Kings will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore on March 23.
In fact, the Indian Premier League itinerary is hectic as the players keep on travelling in the tournament. Consequently, it is pivotal to manage the workloads of the players ahead of the World Cup.