Rohit Sharma’s childhood coach was very blunt and straightforward while talking about Indian players taking a continuous break from cricket. Dinesh Lad feels that Indian players should stop skipping international matches to manage the workload. The break could be adjusted during the IPL feels Lad.
The Mumbai-based coach further criticized the Indian team in an interview with Sportskeeda for lacking consistency since senior players like Rohit and Virat Kohli were taking breaks during some of the international games.
Dinesh Lad says:
“I thought, maybe, in the last seven-eight months, we are not a stable team. If we are preparing for the World Cup, it should be an established team. In the last seven months, somebody is coming to open the innings, somebody is coming to bowl, there is no stability,”
“I don’t think so (on giving workload management as the reason). Everybody in the world is playing because they are professionals, not a workload you can say. Why are they playing in the IPL? Don’t play the IPL if you want to win the World Cup. In actual professional grades, they should play every game (at the international level) because we are getting something from that. It’s not an honorary job and there should be no compromise in international cricket.”
He further added:
“It is on them only. How can I say this (whether players should drop their IPL contracts)? They will have to take a call on that. Because you have been playing for India and for your states continuously that’s why you are considered for the IPL. Your international performance helps you determine your salary cap (in the IPL). So directly you don’t get an entry into the IPL.”
India are desperately in search of an ICC trophy since 2013. With so many changes in the squad and playing a consistent playing eleven, there would be plenty of problems going forward for team India.
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