The upcoming season of the Indian Premier League is not just any domestic league but more than a tournament. The same is reckoned by the Indian head coach, Ravi Shastri, entailing that IPL season is a terrific encounter of cricket and with the ICC World Cup coming up next after it, he is worried about the player’s health who are also going to be a part of the Indian squad touring to England and Wales for the World Cup commencing from May 30.
The IPL is not the only concern of the Indian head coach, but also of other coaches as it includes a plethora of players from other countries as well. With less two months left in the World Cup, the 56-year old is having nervous breakdown thinking about the core players who will probably get injured in the IPL season.
This isn’t the first time the IPL and World Cup have collided with each other
This isn’t the first time the World Cup and the IPL collided with each other; previous such encounters being in the year 2011 and 2015, the only difference this year is that the IPL season is preceding the World Cup, unlike the previous such collisions. This has called for a major concern regarding the fitness and the health of the players for the World Cup following the IPL season. Even the hectic schedule of the IPL might take a toll on the players and this hasn’t escaped the notice of the Indian head coach, Ravi Shastri. Fatigue is one of the most important notes of the head coach that can decrease the efficiency of the players touring for the World Cup.
Also the Indian team has been constantly engaged in high energy tournaments, with their first tour Down Under and then the visiting Australian squad, there has been non-stop cricket involved with them. However the last two series against Australia including the likes of T20I and the ODI series didn’t go as planned for the Indian team, they are still the favorites of many legendary cricketers in having the efficiency of winning World Cup title this year.
But you can never discount injuries at the last minute reckons Shastri
Shastri told in an interview that since the World Cup is just after the IPL, injury is one of his concerns with the players. He furthered by saying that he will closely watch the game in order to ensure that the core players of the team are stable and fit. “That will always be a concern because the last thing you want is injury. The World Cup is immediately after the IPL and if someone gets injured, it will be a concern. I will be lying if I say I am not on the edge of my seat. I will be watching every game closely,” said Shastri.
He furthered by saying, “More or less. The nucleus of the team is there. But you can never discount injuries at the last minute. You have only 15 allowed for the World Cup but you’ve got to have about 18-20 in the mix.”