Indian skipper Rohit Sharma’s childhood coach said that Indian players need to have a settled playing XI for a big event like the World Cup.
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The Mumbai-based coach is of the opinion that there should be no compromise on key players missing international fixtures.
The choice of player selection, the misfiring opening combination, and the benching of Yuzvendra Chahal were some of the points that came into the spotlight.
Dinesh Lad is of the opinion that India didn’t have a settled side for the last seven months.
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“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. said Dinesh Lad
In trying to give senior players rest between the hectic schedule of international cricket and a two-month IPL season, the BCCI has been resting and rotating some important players.
Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai-based coach feels players should skip the Indian Premier League in order to stay fresh for international games.
Speaking on the significance of playing international games over franchise cricket, Lad said:
“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.”
“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.