Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid. Image: Twitter

Indian players in contention for the ODI World Cup will compete in the IPL unless there are injury concerns, and the workload of veterans such as Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma is being monitored as one white-ball format takes precedence over the other, as per head coach Rahul Dravid on Monday.

Dravid also stated that the workload on older players such as Kohli and Rohit is successfully managed.

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Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma (Image Credits: Twitter)

In accordance with BCCI’s new policy, the NCA and franchisees will keep an eye on key players’ workloads during this year’s IPL in light of the 50-over World Cup that will be played at home in October-November.

“Workload management is something that is a part and parcel of the game today”

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“We keep going over these things. “You will refer to the break we gave some of our lads (Rohit, Virat, KL) in the T20 series as workload management,” Dravid said during a media conference before of the third ODI against New Zealand.

Kohli and Rohit
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma (Image Credits: Twitter)

“Injury management and workload management are two separate things; we have to constantly balance the two based on what the priority is for us in the short term given the quantity of cricket we play and ensuring that our top players are available for us in the big tournaments,” Rahul Dravid added.

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He also stated that “targeted” players for the ODI World Cup will participate in the IPL in order to test their T20 talents.

“In terms of the IPL, the NCA and our medical team are continuously in touch with the franchisees, and if there are any difficulties or injuries we connect with them. Unless the players are injured or there are other problems, I think the BCCI has the right to withdraw them,” Rahul Dravid said.

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Rahul Dravid PC- BCCI

“But if they are fit we do release them for the IPL because it’s an important competition. It is a significant competition for the BCCI in terms of our preparation for the T20 World Cup in 2024. It is significant since it assists us in assisting our players’ performances in the specific T20 format,” Rahul Dravid added.

After a protracted slump, Kohli found his form at last year’s Asia Cup and sustained it at the T20 World Cup. However, the ace batsman, skipper Rohit, and KL Rahul have not appeared in any T20 matches since the prestigious event in Australia.

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