could not find best playing 11
Everyone knows Indian cricket is no longer able to pull its car without the break of big players. These players are taking break on break throughout the year. Although none of them ever seem to take a break from the IPL, it takes a few matches to get back the rhythm that breaks after taking frequent breaks. However, sometimes breaks are helpful in recovering from poor form, like Virat Kohli coming back after a long break and scoring runs in the Asia Cup. But the truth is there is no substitute for matches. Gambhir said that India needed to build a core group and ensure that they play every match before the ODI World Cup. Calling workload management the ‘biggest mistake in Indian cricket’ over the past few years, the former left-hander said taking a break from ODIs this year is not an option.
Don’t make the mistake of taking a break from ODIs now
“I think the biggest mistake Indian cricket has made in the last two World Cups is that these guys haven’t played enough cricket together,” Gambhir said on Star Sports show ‘Road to World Cup Glory’. How many times have we got the best playing 11 in a match. We decided to have the best playing 11 only during the World Cup, but unfortunately, that was never the best playing 11.”
The 2007 and 2011 World Cup winner said that if senior or fast bowlers want rest, they can skip some T20 Internationals or IPL.
Winning the World Cup is more important than winning the IPL
Gambhir said “Those who play more than three formats can definitely take a break from T20 cricket but definitely not from ODI format. You can skip IPL. IPL happens every year and World Cup Happens once in four years. So, for me I think winning the World Cup is more important than winning the IPL.”
Gambhir also pointed out that in the 50-over format of the game, you need to have a mix of all types of players. There are players who can polish their innings. The change in ODIs has also made a difference. During that time we had only one new ball, now we have two new balls with five fielders inside. In such a situation, the role of part timer has ended. You don’t see enough reverse swing anymore, and you also see finger spinners struggling.”
Gambhir said that Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli will have a key role in India’s ODI World Cup campaign, which could also be their last ODI World Cup tournament.