Former Indian head coach Ravi Shastri has shared his opinion of Team India’s recent injury concern ahead of the T20 World Cup 2022. He suggested that BCCI should monitor all their cricketers and if required the board should ask the IPL franchises to rest players for some games to keep them fit for the national side. The injury woes are turning bad to worse for the Indian Cricket Team ahead of the T20 World Cup 2022.
It was Ravindra Jadeja who first suffered the knee injury and was ruled out of the tournament. After that Jasprit Bumrah also suffered a back injury and now he is out of the event. If this was not enough, to hamper India’s chances more, Deepak Chahar also suffered a back injury and was deemed unfit to play in the upcoming World Cup.
Referring to the same, Ravi Shastri while speaking to TOI said, “BCCI President, if needed, should ask IPL franchises to rest a particular player for some matches so that he is fit to play for India. Then take that forward to the franchise. In no way getting in the way of the franchise, but in a nice way telling them that he’s an important player for India. National interest is paramount.”
Following the injury of some key Indian players, National Cricket Academy (NCA) has also been scrutinized and the fans and experts have questioned their rehabilitation programmers. Shastri also said that BCCI needs to take this thing seriously and intervene in why this is happening.
Adding to his point, Ravi Shastri said: “It was the most frustrating thing for me as (India coach), when you lose key players to injuries. On tours, Bhuvneshwar Kumar was injured, where he’d have got a bagful of wickets with his skills. Now, you see (Deepak) Chahar has hardly played, and he’s injured. Bumrah has played 5 matches since the last T20 World Cup and he’s injured. So, you’ve got to look at it very seriously, as to why it is happening.”
India is yet to name replacement for Jasprit Bumrah and it remains to be seen who will make the cut into the main team. So far, Mohammad Shami and Mohammed Siraj are the front runners to replace him.