With the 2019 World Cup just around the corner, there have been a lot of discussions doing the rounds regarding the workload management of the players. However, the current topic of attraction is the atrocious form of the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the ongoing 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). RCB has lost six games in a row thus far in the season and with every next defeat their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stage seems to be diminishing. Both the World Cup talks and Virat’s frame of mind going into the mega event go hand in hand.
The Bangalore-based franchise has lost all of their opening six games of the tournament and majority of them have come in convincing manners. They are now left with a herculean task of winning all their remaining eight matches in order to come in contention for the playoffs.
Give him some time off
In his recent post on Twitter, former England captain Michael Vaughan mentioned that India should deal with the current situation in a smarter way. He reckoned that they should rest Kohli right now to ensure he is fit and ready for the all-important 50-overs 2019 World Cup. The former English cricketer noted that Kohli definitely needs to be given some time off to get himself settled and in a better mindset for the mega event scheduled to start from 30th May in England and Wales. India will be starting their World Cup campaign against South Africa on June 5 in Southampton.
“If India are smart they rest @imVkohli now for the World Cup Give him some time off before the big event #IPL2019,” Michael Vaughan wrote on his Twitter handle.
Gavaskar comes up with a surprising discussion on RCB’s miserable state
Recently former Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar also mentioned in his column for the Mid-Day, that RCB’s failure to qualify for the playoffs might work as a blessing in disguise for Indian cricket. “If RCB don’t qualify, as seems likely as of now, then it could well be a blessing in disguise for Indian cricket. Firstly, it will mean a week off for the Indian skipper to recharge his batteries for the ICC World Cup 2019 and from a superstitious point of view, it could mean that all the luck that he didn’t have in the IPL has been kept for the World Cup,” wrote Gavaskar in his recent column for the Mid-Day.