Former Indian all-round player Karsan Ghavri has shared his view on senior Indian players taking frequent breaks from international cricket saying it is not the right thing to do in the name of workload management. Ghavri also added that playing for India should be their priority over franchise cricket.
The Indian team has been playing with a modified suit after almost every series recently as the team’s senior players have rested. In the first T20I of the three-game series against England, four players were rested. Now, Virat Kohli, Rishab Panting, Shreyas Iyerand Ravindra Jadeja will return to the team. Also, despite Kohli being out of shape and Deepak Hooda racking up the races, he may have to sit out for first. Moreover, this constant cutting and changing of the squad has seen India play with seven different captains since then. Rahul Dravid was named head coach.
Additionally, for the upcoming ODI series against West Indies Kohli and Rohit Sharma are rested and Shikhar Dhawan will lead the team. Former Indian cricketer Karsan Ghavri has criticized the players for their frequent breaks.
“How much rest do Virat and Rohit need? How long did Virat beat in the test match? Playing for India should be their number one priority. You should shoot for commercials during the IPL , not playing for India. You can’t ask for frequent breaks in the name of workload management,” Ghavri said in an interview with Sportskeeda.
Kohli has struggled with her form for the past two years. He hasn’t been able to score an international century since 2019 but has been continuously supported by the team’s management. Ghavri is of the opinion that players should be selected solely on the basis of merit.
“Players should be selected on merit. Virat has made India proud many times, but let him down if he’s not fit. It’s as simple as that,” Ghavri said.
“Bring in the guys who are fit. Virat Kohli is a big name, but where are the races? How long can you play based on your past reputation? He’s still stuck on 27 centuries of testing. Meanwhile, Joe Root has now surpassed it despite being late until recently.
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