Indian skipper Virat Kohli suggested BCCI that Indian fast bowlers should be rested in IPL 2019, who would play a crucial role in upcoming ICC World Cup 2019. India’s most successful bowler and former coach Anil Kumble and former Indian captain MS Dhoni also expressed their views on the workload management of the Indian bowlers.
Anil Kumble said that team management has to consider the option of resting some bowlers.
Kumble said, “One of the most important parts of preparation will be keeping the bowlers fresh as there is a lot of cricket coming up from now till the start of the World Cup. Even though franchisees may not like the idea of resting India bowlers, but for the country’s sake, it has to be considered.”
At the book launch of former BCCI President N Srinivasan, Indian wicket-keeper batsman, MS Dhoni termed IPL as an ideal platform for the bowlers to practice their skills ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019. He also mentioned that the diet and sleep are the factors that rather would need to be managed.
“Bowling four overs won’t make you tired. The four overs actually keeps you at your best, you are bowling the yorkers, bowling the variation and playing under pressure. I feel the bowlers can still play the whole of the IPL but what they need to manage is what they eat, when they sleep and wake up.”
“I would like them to be at their best when it comes to the skill factor. I always felt IPL was the best time to get in shape because I had a lot of time. I was playing only three and a half hours every third day and it gave me time to spend in the gym,” Dhoni said.
CoA chief Vinod Rai asked Rohit about his take on Virat Kohli’s suggestion to BCCI. Rohit apparently said, “If Mumbai Indians reach Play Offs or finals and if Bumrah happens to be fit, then I cannot afford to rest him’,” the official said to PTI.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar who is a key player and also the vice-captain for SunRisers Hyderabad in IPL 2019 has also been pretty remarkable over the years for them as well as team India.