The greed of the BCCI and the shortsighted approach of selectors in putting so much pressure on Indian cricket players have a pretty good chance of shooting the golden geese, Virat Kolhi and Rohit Sharma, when they will be needed the most during the T20 World Cup.
Great effort in the T20s in Australia, especially that record chase with a last-ball win. Good on them but give them a break. They have earned it and then some.
Do not send them to Sri Lanka next week and then, after they are rested, use the Asia Cup as a jumping board for sheer exposure and practice and move them around.
Thing is BCCI wants to hear the clicking of the turnstiles and if the marquee names are absent then revenues will go south.
There has to be a strategy. One based on common sense and reality. These guys will be pooped by April.
You cannot expect Kohli to realistically keep having good days at office. He has already gone several bridges ahead.
I mean what sort of cricket board sends a team to play Sri Lanka before the Asian Cup where they will be playing Sri Lanka anyway. Okay fine, use it as practice for our new bowlers and for Yuvraj to get his rhythm right but leave the top two guys at home. They need to replenish.
Look at the Australians. They took their chances and even if they got a little stick for it and lost the series, no sweat. They are resting their crack troops.
Steve Smith, David Warner (both rested), Travis Head, Kane Richardson, Shaun Tait and leggie Cameron Boyce were replaced by Maxwell, Marsh, John Hastings and debutants Lyon, Andrew Tye and Scott Boland.
Australia lost games closely, no shame in that, so did India in the ODIs and it has been a gruelling trip now followed by an almost immediate take off from jet lag to Colombo. Result is that they have half a dozen youngsters forged in the right crucible at the right time.
Then our guys come back from the Asian at Bangladesh and the World Cup starts and they are strongly risking getting stale and tired.
I am willing to take a minor wager that we will flog the team till they are half dead because there is no planning and then we will moan and groan if Rohit and Virat fail to deliver.
There is another risk factor. Exhaustion leads to injury and that is what we do not need. See what happened to Finch. You keep the pressure on like this and they will collapse.
Investing in new players and exposing them to world class conditions is part of the preparation. We saw how Jasprit Bumrah came of age and were witness to Dhoni’s uncanny confidence in Hardik Pandya even after he bowled perhaps the most disastrous opening over in T20 history.
Make them go to boot camp in Lanka while resting the seniors. If you don’t blood them now when will you blood them?
First Published On : Feb 1, 2016 22:00 IST