IND vs NZ: Rohit Sharma will captain India for the home T20I series vs New Zealand.© AFP
Indian T20 captain Rohit Sharma on Tuesday said his players were “not machines” and needed rest ahead of their home match against New Zealand just days after the World Cup. New Zealand’s tour begins with the first of three Twenty20 Internationals on Wednesday, just three days after the Kiwis lost in the final of the Dubai tournament. The matches are spread across three Indian cities and end just four days before the Tests in Kanpur (25–29 November) and Mumbai (3–7 December).
“Workload management is very important for us. Players are not machines. Taking time is important,” Sharma said in a virtual press conference with new India coach Rahul Dravid.
“Some players who have been playing for a long time need to rest to stay fresh. We want all our boys to be mentally fresh for the challenges ahead,” he added.
Indian Test captain Virat Kohli has been ruled out of the T20I series and will be out of the first Test as well.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson is also not available for the shorter format but will return for the Kanpur tie.
Former batting hero Dravid said that cricketers need to follow the example of footballers in managing their workload.
“Even in football, the big players don’t play all the matches. The mental and physical health of a player is very important,” he said.
Earlier in the day, Kiwi pacer Tim Southee admitted to tight scheduling and the team’s long spell in the Covid bubble weighed in his favour.
Southee, who led the team in Williamson’s absence, said, “It’s definitely a very busy schedule… We played series in Bangladesh and Pakistan even before we went to the T20 World Cup.
He added that the Kiwis “have not had a chance to stop and think” since their loss in Sunday’s final in Dubai.
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