In 2009, when India became unsuccessful to qualify for the semi-finals of the ICC World T20, coach Gary Kirsten said to media about previous unimportant Super 10 tie against South Africa at the Trent Bridge.
Kristen said, “Fatigue was definitely a factor, as were many other things. We were a relatively tired team when we arrived in England. We’ve been on the road since the end of January and hadn’t really been at home much.”
The words ‘F’ is doing the rounds again and there are similar doubts being expressed especially about the current team pacers, led by skipper Virat Kohli, as they start-up to defend their Champions Trophy crown in England.
All the pacers in the 15-man side barring Mohammad Shami, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav.
Indian’s impressive home season featuring 13 Tests in six months and Indian team physio Nitin Patel, who was physio from 2007 to 2015, said that “We were in a similar situation in 2013. The IPL final was on May 26 and India’s first game in the Champions Trophy was on June 6. It is a similar situation now.”
“The IPL final was on May 21 and India’s first game (vs Pakistan) is on June 4. One must consider that the modern-day player is far more aware about workloads and rest and recovery plans than players even five years ago.”
“Indian players and support staff have the maximum expertise to handle such situations. Since the last five years, we have handled many such situations.”
Former Kiwi and Mumbai Indians bowling coach Shane Bond gave a statement in a column to ICC website about bowlers might be undercooked. Bond Wrote, “Because of the condensed schedule and the heat and the travel, the bowlers haven’t been bowling a lot in the nets.”
“Going into the ICC Champions Trophy, where the top bowlers will be expected to bowl their quota of 10 overs, it will pose unique kind of challenge in terms of the bowlers not having had enough of a workload,” he added.