“Players are not machines”, – Rahul Dravid to prioritize workload management, mental health as head coach, Sports News
Team India’s new head coach Rahul Dravid has said he will prioritize player mental health and workload management as he begins his stint with the upcoming T20I series against the New -Zeeland. Dravid said he isn’t looking to create different teams for different formats, but instead will effectively manage player workload to make sure they’re fresh for every major tournament.
Dravid replaced Ravi Shastri at the helm of Team India after their disappointing exit from the Super 12 stage of the 2021 T20 World Cup. India failed to advance to the semi-finals as she withdrew from the T20 World Cup stage group after two losses and three wins in their first five matches.
The Indian squad have recruited new faces to the T20I squad for the New Zealand series which kicks off Tuesday, November 17, but management is not looking for a major overhaul. The likes of Ruturaj Gaikwad, Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel and Venkatesh Iyer were roped up after their brilliant performances in the IPL while Deepak Chahar, Shreyas Iyer and Yuzvendra Chahal, among others, were recalled to the squad which will be led by the newly appointed. Rohit Sharma, skipper of the T20I.
Dravid said there won’t be separate teams for each format, he will always be in conversation with the players to make sure their physical and mental being is taken care of.
“So we’re not at that level, looking at separate teams for separate formats. Of course there are some players who only play one particular format. We need to have conversations with the players. Physical health and mentality of the players is the most important thing in these times. I will always be in conversation with them. I would love to work with them to make sure that every time we play we have them fresh, we have them completely turned on, “he said. Dravid said in the pre-game press conference on Tuesday.
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Head coach Ravi Shastri, pacer Jasprit Bumrah and others have highlighted how excessively playing cricket and not getting a deserved break between IPL 2021 and T20 World Cup is one of the reasons for India’s poor performance in the tournament.
Echoing their sentiments, Dravid said players are not machines and workload management is an important aspect of cricket.
“Managing the workload is an important aspect of cricket. We also see it in football. The mental and physical well-being of the players will be a priority. tournaments, ”said the legendary hitter.
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“Managing the workload is important. Players are not machines. We want all of our players to be fresh for the challenges ahead. It’s very simple, we have to watch every series we play,” Dravid added.