In a news conference before the first T20I between India and New Zealand in Jaipur, captain Rohit Sharma emphasized the importance of players managing their workloads, stating that it is critical to care about their bodies and keep them fresh.
Since the start of their England Tour in June, Team India has been in action without significant respite. And India’s new Twenty20 International captain Rohit Sharma has recognized the country’s busy schedule. Rohit discussed workload management ahead of India’s T20I series against New Zealand, which begins on Wednesday, November 17.
The ‘Men in Blue’ are preparing for the home series against New Zealand after the World Test Championship final, four Tests against England, the IPL 2021, and the T20 World Cup. Following the T20I series, the lads will play a Test series.
Sharma emphasized workload management at a news conference before India’s opening game in Jaipur, saying it is critical to care about the players’ bodies and keep them fresh.
“Workload management is critical; we play a lot of matches, and it’s critical to keep an eye on the body. Our players are not automatons; they cannot report to the stadium on a daily basis. They need rest; they require rejuvenation.”
“We’ve rested guys for this T20I series, and they’re resting for the Test series. We want our athletes to arrive psychologically prepared for the next battle. We must keep an eye on it during each series.”
Meanwhile, Rohit claimed that once players reach the Indian dressing room, it would make no difference what role they play for their stateside in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy or for their individual IPL clubs.
“We just need to establish the template correctly, which we have some time to accomplish. India has been outstanding in this format and it is just a matter of time until we win the ICC event; we play well as a team and perform well as a team.
“Of course, there are some minor gaps that need to be filled, and that will be our greatest task as a team. Every rival squad has holes, and the more you work to maximize them, the better “Rohit said.
India’s template will not be a carbon duplicate of other teams’, but would be entirely unique.
“I am not saying that we will adopt a particular team’s template; rather, we must establish our own template based on what is best for our team and what is good for our team.
“Our lads compete in SMAT and IPL, and they play differently for their franchisee, differently for SMAT, and when they come here, they play differently; we want to be very specific about the role they play here. This might take a few games or a long time “‘.