Test regulars need to be fresh, says Indian skipper


Rohit Sharma, the captain of India, stated on Monday that players of the Indian Premier League (IPL) teams that fail to qualify for the T20 League playoffs may convene in London for a two-week training camp prior to the World Test Championship final against Australia. The WTC final is scheduled for June, immediately following the IPL, and this year’s final is set for May 29, while the WTC will begin on June 7 at the Oval.

As a result, the Indian team must handle their workload effectively to remain fresh for the World Test Championship finals. With the IPL returning to its original home and away format for the first time since the COVID-19 epidemic, there will be a lot of travel required, and only Cheteshwar Pujara, among all the current India Test regulars, is not a part of the IPL.

“It’s quite critical for us. We are going to keep in constant touch with all the players who are going to play that final. We monitor their workload and see what’s happening with them,” Rohit Sharma said

“Around 21st May, there will be six teams who will be possibly out of IPL play-off contention and so whichever players are available, we will try and find time to get them to UK early as possible and get some time and we will monitor as much as possible,” the skipper said.

Sending duke bowls for practice says, Skipper

“In fact, we are sending some (red) Duke Balls to all fast bowlers. If they get some time to bowl with that but again it all depends on individuals,” Rohit said.

For the majority of the Test squad members, England is a familiar location. They have participated in numerous series there, and some have even played county cricket.

“Guys who will be part of finals are not the guys who have not played in UK. May be there could be one or two guys here and there and rest all of us have played in that part of the world. I don’t think it will be huge problem.”

“Look, I believe that preparations will be key for us, come the finals.”

On facing Aussies in World Test Championship Finals

“Speaking of playing them (Australia) in finals, it will be a different ball game with neutral venue for both teams.”

“Both teams have played lot of cricket in that part of the world and I won’t say it will be alien conditions for both teams. But yes, compared to what it is like playing India in India or Australia in Australia. It is not going to be like that, it would be slightly different from that . Which I am sure both teams will prepare for it.”

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