With the ICC Cricket World Cup be starting on May 31, the Indian team core players would have to make some tough decisions regarding their playing strategies in this year’s IPL. The team is currently gearing up for the T20 series against Australia which will be followed by the ODI series against the same opponents. The five match ODI series will be followed by the IPL which will end on May 12. It will be ending early as World Cup is near.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli is quite concerned about it and wants that every player should focus on the upcoming World Cup most importantly. He wants players to make their decisions well enough to avoid any issues during the World Cup.
Kohli wants his players to play the game in a disciplined manner and not look to tamper with their technique by playing rash shots for no reason at all. All these things which happen during in the IPL could change the playing habit of the players according to him.
“They have to make sure that their games don’t go (drift) too much away from the one-day mould of things. That means we will have to be very wary of the bad habits that might creep in during the IPL,” Kohli told reporters ahead of their first T20I against Australia.
The IPL schedule that includes a lot of travelling is a really hectic thing and the Indian captain feels that it would give much more of a load to the players.
“The amount you practice, with the amount of travel during the IPL and the number of games in different conditions, in different temperatures, it is going to be challenging, to be honest,” Kohli said.
Virat also spoke about the practice session of the players and the criteria upto which the players should look to practice in the nets.
“As a cricketer, you have to map out how many practice sessions you really need. If you are hitting the ball well, there is no need to go to a practice session and tire yourself out for three hours whereas you can utilise that particular phase to rest and recover even more,” Kohli added.
Meanwhile, Virat will return to lead the Indian team against the Aussies in the first T20I against Australia at Vizag on Sunday after a brief time away from the game. The men in blue will play one more T20I against the Aussies before facing them in the five match ODI series starting from March 2.