Rohit, Dravid pre-planned player rotation, workload management with T20 WC 2022 in mind – Report
A number of Indian players had blamed the lack of rest and the tight schedule after India’s disappointing exit from the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates last year. India had failed to qualify for the round of 16 as they withdrew from the group stage tournament after a terrible show.
Following the team’s exit, the debate around player workload management intensified as many complained of being burnt out. India has since undergone a massive transformation with Rahul Dravid at the helm and Rohit Sharma replacing Virat Kohli as team captain in all three formats.
While India has changed its playing approach in white ball cricket to some extent, the team management has also focused on better workload management and regular rotation of players ahead of the game. T20 World Cup in Australia this year.
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A number of players have led India so far this year, while several youngsters have also made their debuts for the team. While many were left baffled by the constant changes in India’s squad and leadership, it has now emerged that everything was pre-planned by Dravid and Rohit.
According to a report from Times of India, Rohit and Rahul had pre-planned the rotation of key players and their workload management with the T20 World Cup 2022 in mind. A source revealed that the captain and the The head coach held a meeting with the strength and conditioning coach and the team physios to give them a list of players they wanted in the best possible shape for the T20 World Cup.
“The captain and the coach had sat down with the strength and conditioning coach and the physios in February. They had marked the calendar for the whole year. Rohit and Dravid had given them a group of players. The Support staff have been tasked with making sure these players are available and in the best shape for the T20 World Cup, so every series has been marked for players to play,” a source quoted the Times as saying. of India.
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The source further revealed that it has been decided that any player who feels he is close to reaching the threshold will rest immediately to ensure that he does not lead to burnout. This probably explains why Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami and skipper Rohit himself have had plenty of rest so far this year.
“It has been decided that if the coaches and physios feel that a player is about to reach his threshold, he will be rested immediately. If a player reveals any discomfort, the team management is ready to rest him right now. Better to err on the side of caution,” the source added.