Shivam Dube, Shreyas Iyer, Ranji Trophy
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The team India players not playing in the domestic matches have often been on the headlines, with the former cricketers and analysts questioning the absence of the players in the Ranji Trophy matches. The issue took center stage when India’s limited-overs’ stars Shreyas Iyer, and Shivam Dube landed themselves in trouble after skipping Mumbai’s Ranji Trophy match against Railways.

Middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer and all-rounder Shivam Dube had made a name for themselves while playing for Mumbai in the domestic circuit. They played an essential role in the success that the state team achieved, but recently, they chose to take some rest instead of turning up for Mumbai in their Ranji Trophy fixture versus Railways.

The absence of both the players made a massive impact for Mumbai, as they lost the game to Railways by ten wickets. Though Suryakumar Yadav tried his best to save the game, none of the batsmen stood tall for the team when it required the most. This has ignited a debate over whether they are being given preferential treatment.

Shreyas Iyer, Ranji Trophy
Shreyas Iyer (Credits – BCCI)

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Players need rest –

Now, as per a Times of India report, these players – which include Mayank Agarwal, Shreyas Iyer, and Shivam Dube, have all been asked to take rest by Team India’s medical team owing to the hectic schedule. All of them got permission from captain Virat Kohli, head coach Ravi Shastri, and the selector MSK Prasad before taking a rest from the domestic game.

“Team India’s medical team of the Indian team monitors the workload of all the players in the side. Iyer and Dube were asked to rest as per their advice. Mayank has played two games so far, but he needs to rest a bit now because then he will leave with the India A team for New Zealand on January 10. Whenever a player is asked to rest from domestic games, skipper Virat Kohli, coach Ravi Shastri and chief selector MSK Prasad are informed about it,” a source was as quoted by Times of India.

Shivam Dube
Shivam Dube (Credits: Twitter)

“It’s not that all India players have stopped playing in the Ranji Trophy. In New Zealand, Mayank will be playing in both the limited-overs and the four-day first-class games. Ajinkya Rahane and Prithvi Shaw are playing for Mumbai. KL Rahul played in both the Vijay Hazare and Mushtaq Ali Trophy for Karnataka. At a time when you have IPL, T20 cricket, and the India A tours, you have to give players sufficient time to recuperate and stay fresh,” the source further added.

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