Virat Kohli warns of player burnout

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Virat Kohli warns of player burnout

Postby bolero » Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:04 am

MUMBAI: The last tournament in which India and New Zealand featured together was the Champions Trophy held in England in June. Thereafter, India have gone on to play a total of three Tests, 15 One-dayers and four T20 internationals against West Indies, Sri Lanka and Australia. The Kiwis have engaged in no international assignment since the Champions Trophy.

Both teams face off in the first of the three One-dayers at the Wankhede Stadium, and the above mentioned statistic lays bare the stark difference in the kind of workload the two sides have shouldered over the past four months. As if that was not enough, India will also be hosting Sri Lanka in a three-Test, three-ODI and three-T20 series once they are done with the Kiwis, against whom they play three T20s apart from the ODIs. After playing Sri Lanka, India will tour South Africa starting January 5 for a series headlined by three Tests, as many as six One-dayers and three T20s.

This gruelling schedule calls for astute workload management, and Indian skipper Virat Kohli said on Saturday that the team management has been discussing ways in which to keep players fresh and ensure there is no burnout. "Yes, we have spoken about it, it's become quite hectic. That's something we will definitely have to sit and discuss in the future. Because, if you look at New Zealand, they haven't played any cricket after the Champions Trophy. There has been such a good lay off. It can be the difference in doing well in a big tournament and not being able to do well," he said.

Kohli insisted that they are keen to have fresh legs when the tour to South Africa begins. "Everyone needs time to come back, especially the fast bowlers. So we are doing that now with Umesh (Yadav) and (Mohammad) Shami. We want them fresh for the Test season coming up. We don't want over-tired players and that's something we have spoken about already. Even some of the key batsmen will definitely get some rest in the coming weeks, because of the importance of the away tours that are lined up. So we will have to figure out ways to do that, but it's certainly a thing that we need to discuss for the future as well."

Kohli, meanwhile, also made it clear that Ajinkya Rahane, who has excelled in the role of an opener of late, will be considered mainly for that position, and from now on will not find himself confused about his role. "He has definitely grabbed his opportunities as the third opener, because, as I mentioned, KL (Rahul) is competing for the spot as well. But Jinx (Ajinkya) has performed well. He has stood up and taken his chances.

"We don't want to confuse him. He is in a happy space and he knows whenever someone who is not going through a good phase or there is an injury coming up, he is there right at the doorstep waiting to play a game whenever the team requires him to. He is pretty happy with his batting at the moment and as I said we don't want to confuse him."

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Re: Virat Kohli warns of player burnout

Postby Paddles » Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:39 am

Kohli is wrong to cite NZ. NZs off summer this year and next are appalling. This India tour was not even scheduled but NZ was not going to decline the offer, even if it means a lop sided billateral schedule. We had nothing between the Champs Trophy and our home summer.

NZ have just 4 tests scheduled in 18 months. Its pathetic. And we have a large pool of seamers to rest and rotate from. Only resting Boult is significant right now. Wagner is fit as heck and only plays tests.

But NZ just isnt a good drawcard even when playing well - thats the reality.

Flipside - I don't see how Bumrah until playing tests could get burned out. Injured maybe - but not burn out.
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