The comments aren’t stopping after Team India lost to England in the current T20 World Cup semi-final. Rohit Sharma and company were considered favourites going into the competition, but a poor showing against the Three Lions caused them to lose. The choice of teams as well as the task management that was used for a year have both come under fire. Sunil Gavaskar, a former India captain, has since come out strongly, claiming that IPL players never discuss their workload.
He added that it is only a problem when players represent India, particularly when they travel to a “non-glamorous” nation. “We have seen that the team which is going to New Zealand, there have been changes there. We have also been told about the workload. You play in the whole season of the IPL, travel from one place to other. You don’t get tired there? Is there no workload? Only when you play for India, especially when you have to tour a non-glamorous country, do you remember workload? This is wrong,” Gavaskar said.
“If you’re fit, how does workload come into the picture? Stop pampering the players.
You’re being picked in team; you’re being paid a retainer fee. If you can’t play because of workload, waive off the retainer fee too. If you tell the players that they won’t get retainer fee if they don’t play, you will see most of the players playing,” he stated further. Next, Team India will play three T20Is and as many ODIs in New Zealand. While Shikhar Dhawan will captain the team in ODIs, Hardik Pandya will captain the team in T20 Internationals. For the Bangladesh tour, where Team India is scheduled to play three one-day internationals and two test matches, Rohit Sharma will make a comeback.