There were widespread talks and speculations whether players should take part in the Indian Premier League as the World Cup 2019 is fast approaching. But India’s vice-captain Rohit Sharma reckons that playing IPL before the world cup helps even the out of players regain good form.
“I feel that the guys who played the IPL and go to play in those big tournaments right after that, they are very much in touch with their game. Before IPL if they were not in good form, this is the time they can get in form,” Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma told reporters on Saturday.
Rohit also cited an example when the Indians played IPL before Champions Trophy in England and they went on to win it.
“There have been instances in the past, that in 2013, we played IPL and then we went on to play Champions Trophy and we won the Champions Trophy,” he added.
Hardik Pandya is the best example: Rohit
Rohit Sharma also gave an example of Hardik Pandya who he thinks has regained his form back after playing in the IPL.
“Hardik is the best example, he did not have a good time a few months before the IPL started, he was injured and missed a few games as well. But he has done tremendously well for us in terms of batting and bowling,” Sharma added in a statement.
When asked a question about players’ workload management before the World Cup, Rohit Sharma replied that it was the players’ decision whether they want to take part or not.
“Speaking of the workload management, we spoke at the start of the tournament that we will assess each one of them and see where they are at and what they feel about their body. It is more an individual thing than what we decide for them,” he said.
“Like in the case of Jasprit (Bumrah), he is someone who likes to play games to make sure that he is in good rhythm. At the start of the tournament we spoke that at any given stage if he feels he need to rest, we were open for it,” the 32-year-old Sharma added.