India had to face defeat at the hands of Australia in WTC 2023.
After the defeat, Rohit Sharma regretted the lack of time for preparation.
New Delhi. After the loss to Australia in the World Test Championship final, Team India captain Rohit Sharma lamented the lack of preparation time for such a competition. The WTC final was played a week after the IPL 2023 ended. Almost all the Indian players who played in the World Test Championship were part of the IPL. On this statement of Rohit, now Sunil Gavaskar has reprimanded the Indian captain.
Rohit Sharma had said that Test cricket required more discipline and a time of 20-25 days would have been ideal. However, great batsman Sunil Gavaskar has rejected this argument. He said that it is the senior guys who avoid traveling in advance for preparations as they know that there is no threat to their place in the team.
Sunil Gavaskar said in an interview to Indian Express, “What kind of preparation are we talking about? Now he has gone to West Indies. You have the example of the World Test Championship in front of you. Are you playing any match? So what is this talk of 20-25 days?
After a long break of almost a month, the Indian cricket team has returned to action. Team India is on West Indies tour, where they have taken a 1-0 lead in the two-match Test series. Last week, India got a big Test win over the West Indies in Dominica.
Gavaskar said, “The team that West Indies is today, you can beat them even a day before the Test match. But that should not make us unacquainted with the fact that when you talk about preparation, be realistic about it. Go back 15 days, play two warm-up matches. The main players can rest, but the reserve players or some other players will be really challenging the few guys who are not performing well. He doesn’t get a chance to show that he is good enough.”
He also pointed out how despite claiming to be one of the fittest teams in the world, Indian players are plagued by frequent injuries. Gavaskar said, “The truth is that the main people do not want to go early because they know that whatever happens, they will be selected. They will talk about the workload when you go early. You call yourself the fittest team in the world or fitter than the previous generation, then how come you get injured so often? How do you deal with workload when you play a 20-over game?”
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 18, 2023, 16:49 IST