Former India player turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra said that India’s players should not be given rests during ODIs but if they want then they can take it during the Indian Premier League (IPL) or T20Is if needed. However, they will take on Bangladesh in the final ODI of the three-match series in Chattogram on Saturday, December 10 but the hosts have already won the series as well.
However, in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra shared: “The first thing I understand is that too much rest is happening. In the last one to one-and-a-half years, too many players have taken a lot of rest many times. If you want rest take it in the IPL or T20I cricket but not in ODI cricket because this is the World Cup year. If you don’t play cricket together continuously, there is a question if you are able to prepare properly. This is not only with us, it happens with everyone. If you look at Australia, they said there was tiredness ahead of the World Cup, so they won’t play the full team, they couldn’t even qualify for the semi-finals.”
However, Aakash Chopra also shared that most of India’s top players did not play the ODI series against Zimbabwe before the Asia Cup as well. Even, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli were given a break for the Zimbabwe tour as well as KL Rahul, who was not picked for the first time for the ODIs against Zimbabwe due to injury, was added later on and was even made the captain but he failed to perform.
“When we went to play the Asia Cup, our main players were coming out of the cold, they had not played cricket at all, everyone had taken a break. No one had gone to Zimbabwe – Rohit, Rahul and Kohli – none of our top three went. This has not happened once, this is happening repeatedly. Your World Cup campaign was not great, we played only six matches in the six weeks we were in Australia, but we still did not go to New Zealand. New Zealand also played as many matches, because they also lost in the semi-finals, but their entire team played. Now the 50-over World Cup is coming, you have 10 ODIs till the IPL, India’s A (best) team should play all those ODIs. Everyone who is fit and available should play. If we are serious about the 2023 World Cup, play the entire team wherever ODI cricket is happening, let’s not miss games,” Aakash Chopra signed off.