The Indian cricket team has been playing non-stop cricket since the IPL last year, and while the BCCI has opted for ‘format specialists’ from now on, there are a few cricketers who have been playing all formats and deserve some rest.
And Virat Kohli is certainly one of them, as he last missed a test match in February, when he had injured his shoulder during the 3rd test match.
Virat Kohli has spoken about the scheduling issues, as he believes the Indian cricket team deserved a camp before going to South Africa, as that would have held them in good stead before the South Africa tour.
MS Dhoni has now come out in support of Virat Kohli, advocating the fact that the players need good amount of rest in order to avoid injuries and to prolong their careers.
“It is absolutely right, because we play so much cricket that we do not get much preparation time when we go overseas to play. But as an international cricketer, this is also a challenge,” Dhoni said.
“It takes some time to get used to, but if you see this team, there are many cricketers who have played overseas and it helps a lot. If they get six to eight or 10 days, it is good, but whatever time they get, I think they will do well,” Dhoni added.
Dhoni spoke about how the lack of preparation time affects the morale of the team when it travels overseas.
“This time when the (Test) team leaves for South Africa, they will only get some time to prepare before playing the matches. The ODI team after that will also want to try to get seven to eight days because the conditions are different there, there is more bounce,” he concluded.