The Men in Blue powered by Virat Kohli have been playing some fearless brand of cricket since the Champions Trophy on a consistent basis despite busy schedule.
The rotational policy by the Indian team management is doing a world of good with emphasis much more on protecting the players from fatigue factors.
The Indian captain addressed the reporters and spoke about the virtual importance of taking rest and time after a long time.
“It has become quite hectic, that is something we will have to sit and discuss. If you look at New Zealand, they have not played any cricket after Champions Trophy, there has been such a good layoff and it can be the difference in doing well in a big tournament or not being able to do well,” Kohli told the reporters ahead of 1st ODI against New Zealand.
Team India are offering the style in tandem with substance in a bid to produce desirable results but at the same time, rest is important for the professionals.
“We are expected to perform on a consistent basis but rest and time to prepare should be adequate for the athletes as well.
This should not be an area where players are chipped and changed according to form, you need to look at all aspects in terms of how many games you are playing and how much rest you are getting… whether you will be able to maintain that consistency for 12 months given the number of matches we play, physically are you able to keep up with it.”
On speaking about the specialist seamers, Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami, Kohli added that the productive pace duo is being given the necessary rest to come up strong for the Test season.
“We will have to figure out ways to do that, but it is something we certainly need to discuss in the future as well. How much ever fitness you do, everyone needs rest, everyone needs time to comeback from training, especially the fast bowlers. We’re doing that now with Umesh and Shami; we want them fresh for the Test season,” Kohli signed off.