Rohit Sharma IPL Player Management
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Last Update on: March 23rd, 2023 at 10:47 am

Indian Rohit Sharma has revealed that India’s team management has given some “borderline indications” to IPL franchises about managing player workloads, but he remains doubtful whether they will be heeded by the teams. The IPL 2023 is scheduled to begin on March 31, less than ten days after India lost the ODI series against Australia 1-2 in Chennai.

This is followed by India’s World Test Championship final against Australia, starting on June 7 in London, just over a week after the IPL final on May 28. Meanwhile, Shreyas Iyer, the designated captain of Kolkata Knight Riders, may not be available for at least the first half of the IPL due to a recurring back injury. The player is a crucial part of the Indian national side and BCCI does not want to risk aggravating the player’s injury any further.

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On the other hand, India’s leading pacer Jasprit Bumrah and Rajasthan Royals’ strike pacer Prasidh Krishna are also facing lengthy recovery periods from injury and are unlikely to be a part of the Indian Premier League this season adding to Rohit’s concern over India’s growing list of injuries.

IPL 2023: It’s Concerning, The Players Missing Out Are Indian Playing XI Players – Rohit Sharma

During his press conference after the conclusion of India vs Australia ODI series, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma touched down on multiple topics including the workload management of the players during the IPL. While BCCI and the Indian team management have made some requests to the IPL franchises, Rohit is unsure how effective it would be.

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“They are all adults. So they have to look after their body and just if they feel that it’s getting a little too much, they can always talk about it and have a break in one or two games. I doubt [if] that will happen but look, yeah, it is concerning because … we are missing the players who are actually playing XI players, you know … they regularly play in the playing XI.”

“But honestly, everyone’s trying their best to get everyone on the path, we’ve been focusing a lot on management of the players, which is why you keep seeing we have to rest certain players at certain point in time. Obviously when you play so much cricket injuries are bound to happen. So not looking too much into it… what’s available to you, what’s in your hand, you can control that, and we are just trying to control all of that.”

“Players are frustrated as well. They want to play they don’t want to miss out. So yeah, I mean it is a little sad, but at the end of the day, you cannot really do too much. I can see, and I can vouch for it, that the people working behind the scenes are working really hard with all these layers and freakish injury can happen at any point in time, like Shreyas [Iyer] was the best example. He was sitting the whole day and he just went to take a knock. And you know the injury happened to him. And there’s nothing you could do about it, and I mean, the only thing we can keep in mind is managing players and giving them enough breaks. And I think from our side we’re doing that.”

With the ODI series coming to a conclusion, players will now turn their eyes toward the approaching Indian Premier League that kickstarts on the 31st of March with the defending champions Gujarat Titans locking horns against the four-time winners Chennai Super Kings at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

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