Sunil Gavaskar, the former Indian captain, has criticized Rohit Sharma’s claim of ‘lack of preparation’ following India’s defeat in the WTC 2023 Final against Australia. Gavaskar argues that it is the senior players who choose not to travel in advance for preparations.
Gavaskar completely rejects Rohit Sharma’s argument, stating that the senior players are the ones who avoid early travel because they know their spot in the team is secure. He questions the idea of extensive preparation and points to the example of the World Test Championship. Gavaskar suggests that instead of focusing on an extended period of preparation, the team should go 15 days before the match and engage in two warm-up matches. This approach would give the reserve players an opportunity to challenge the underperforming regulars.
The Issue of Injuries
Gavaskar also highlights the frequent injuries suffered by Indian players, which has a detrimental impact on the team’s performance. Despite the team’s claim of being one of the fittest in the world, the players often break down quickly, even in shorter formats like the 20-overs game. Gavaskar questions how workload issues arise if the team prides itself on its fitness.
Team India’s Current Situation
Following their defeat in the WTC Final, the Indian cricket team has embarked on a tour of the West Indies. After a decisive innings victory in the Dominica Test, they currently hold a 1-0 series lead. The team’s performance in this series serves as a testament to Gavaskar’s belief that the West Indies team can be beaten with minimal preparation.
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