Ravi Shastri, IPL 2019, ICC World Cup 2019
Ravi Shastri. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

India’s head coach Ravi Shastri has confirmed that the team management will talk to the franchises of all eight teams of the Indian Premier League 2019. Shastri will have a chat with the franchises to manage the workload of the Indian fast bowlers. India’s pace battery has taken giant strides in the recent past and it is pivotal to manage the workload of the pacers.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami are expected to be the core of the pace-battery and they should be managed with guile. The Indian Premier League is a hectic tournament as the team needs to travel on the next day of the match. Thus, it is imperative to manage the workload of the pacers. However, a particular bowler has to bowl only four overs in an IPL game but it is crucial to keep them away from the injuries.

Wasim Akram, Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah. (Photo credit – RODGER BOSCH/AFP/Getty Images)

Shastri comes up with a good point.

Ravi Shastri said while talking to Cricbuzz, “They have been in excellent rhythm so far. During the IPL, we will try and speak to the franchises and their captains. We want to make sure that they play only an optimal number of matches without affecting their fitness or form for the World Cup. We will seek proper rest for them, so they are in absolute readiness for the World Cup”.

“Even after IPL we have 10 days, so we will take care of certain aspects and work from there. But during the IPL it is extremely important that they work on their physical fitness and on their skills. We will be talking to all our players and franchises about their workloads. Even though we cannot interfere too much, we definitely will be talking to players to maintain their optimal performance state”.

Indian bowlers have been hitting the straps in the recent past and it is vital that they are firing at all cylinders in the forthcoming ICC World Cup 2019. In fact, it is well said that batsmen win you matches whereas bowlers win you the tournament. Thus, the IPL franchises will need to use the Indian bowlers smartly so that they can be fresh for the World Cup event.

IPL 2019: We Will Talk to Franchises to Manage Workload of Bowlers - Ravi Shastri
Bhuvneshwar Kumar. (Photo by Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Similarly, it is important to take the same measures for the crucial batsmen who are going to hold the key in the upcoming ODI showpiece. Consequently, it is a good step by India’s head coach Ravi Shastri.

Meanwhile, Indian Premier League 2019 is going to kickstart from March 23. However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India is yet to come up with the schedule of the tournament. On the other hand, the ICC World Cup 2019 is going to kickstart from May 30 in England and Wales. Hence, the Indian Premier League is expected to get over in the first week of May, so that the players get enough time for the coveted tournament of the World Cup.

Gautam Chauhan

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