The Virat Kohli-led Indian team is currently gearing up to take on Australia in the fifth and deciding ODI scheduled on March 13 in Delhi. This will be India's last international match before they head on to the Indian Premier League (IPL) and then the all-important 2019 World Cup. The selectors and the team management will be stressing on how to manage the workload of the players especially during the upcoming hectic IPL season.
India's key players should be in their best of form
During a recent interview, veteran Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh revealed that India's key players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah need to remain injury free for the mega event. He mentioned that it is very important that the key players are in a good frame both mentally and physically, to play their best cricket.
“You don’t want your key players to get injured someone like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah you don’t want them to miss the World Cup because of injuries or niggles. You want them to be on their best of form and (play) best of cricket,” quoted Harbhajan Singh.
Harbhajan noted that India surely has the team which can lift the 2019 World Cup title. However, he also stated that the players need to be extra careful with their fitness in the upcoming IPL season. “World Cup is still very far. We will have to wait and watch what happens. But this is a kind of a team which can lift any major championship. World Cup or any big tournament, – they can definitely win. They have the team (for it). But they have to be careful. IPL is a tournament in between where they will be playing a lot of cricket, one game after the other. That’s where fitness will come into play,” he added.
It will be a great boost to their confidence
India is currently positioned at the No.2 spot in the ICC ODI Rankings. Harbhajan reckons that if the Men in Blue are able to find a way to dethrone England from the top position, it will be a great boost to their confidence. They will be going into the World Cup as the No.1 ranked ODI side.
“Obviously, this current series (against Australia) will help them (India) to get that confidence (before the World Cup). If they become the number one side in the world, going forward in the World Cup, you go there as a number one which will boost their confidence,” concluded the veteran Indian spinner.