Ramji Srinivasan, who was India National Cricket Team’s strength and conditioning coach during the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2011, has said that there is nothing wrong with players participating in all three formats of the game.
Several Indian players have been frequently getting injured, including big names like Jasprit Bumrah, Deepak Chahar, Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja. With the injury concerns seeing a rapid rise, the BCCI will have to seriously look into the matter and properly manage the workload of the players to avoid injuries.
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Meanwhile, Ramji Srinivasan has said that the decision to pick specialist players will be taken by the selection committee, but it’s the responsibility of the strength and conditioning coach to keep the all-format players fit. He also mentioned that the likes of MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Irfan Pathan, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan regularly played for India across all three formats.
“This question has been lingering around for a lot of time. Picking specialists for each format is a call that has to be taken by the selectors and the coaching staff. But if the selectors decide that a player is going to feature in all three formats, it is the duty of the strength and conditioning coach to keep the player fit. There is nothing wrong in players featuring in all three formats. Don’t forget, 10 years ago, you had MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Irfan Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan featuring in all three formats. Players understood their body and were smart enough to know what worked for them. And they shouldn’t follow what an S&C says blindly. They should ask questions,” Srinivasan wrote for The Indian Express.
“Playing three formats is an evolution of the game and as far as fitness goes, everything is possible. But for that, testing, screening, training, plan & travel and diet schedule have to be finalised accordingly. There will be players who are equipped to play all three formats and only skill should determine it, not fitness. If there is an all-format player, he has to be trained accordingly. And as a player ages, one has to factor in that as well. Virat Kohli can’t be following the same process now that he was doing four years ago.”
You need to have an open line of communication between all the trainers – Ramji Srinivasan
Ramji Srinivasan further said that an open line of communication between all the trainers in India needs to be established to avoid injuries.
“You need to have an open line of communication between all the trainers – Indian team, Ranji Trophy, IPL or India A – and work in tandem. Too much information can also cause problems. A set protocol has to be in place for testing, screening and methodology in training,” he added.
“After every IPL, it is common to see players gaining weight, fatigue, mental fatigue because of tension and travel. Someone has to take responsibility for the fitness of a player. This has to start from the Under-14 level. Setting up the process, template for a fitness programme is essential, or else we are just going to be shooting in the dark.”