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India vs South Africa | Unrealistic to expect players like Rohit Sharma turn up for every series: Rahul Dravid


India head coach Rahul Dravid on Tuesday, June 7 said managing the workload of all-format players like Rohit Sharma is key in the lead up to the T20 World Cup later this year. Dravid said he the communication between him, the selectors and the players is quite clear and it’s important that the likes of Rohit, Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah are peaking at the right time in major tournaments.

Rohit Sharma was appointed as India’s all-format captain last year but the skipper will not be available for the upcoming 5-match T20I series against South Africa, who are expected to offer the Indian side a stern test as they begin their final leg of preparations for the T20 World Cup.

In fact, the selectors rested Rohit, Kohli and Bumrah from the T20I series as the trio will join the Test squad for the one-off Test against England in July. Notably, India play 5 T20Is against South Africa from June 9 to 19 across 5 venues in the country.

KL Rahul will lead India in the absence of Rohit Sharma while Rishabh Pant has been named the vice-captain for the 18-man squad, which has been training in New Delhi ahead of the T20I series opener.

‘IMPORTANT TO MANAGE WORKLOAD’

“It’s not difficult at all. We (Rohit and I) are in touch ” Dravid said while speaking to the press ahead of the first T20I.

“(KL) Rahul has captained before, we are clear on a lot of things. Rohit is one of our all-format player and it is unrealistic to expect all (all format players) to be available for every series,” he added.

“We need to ensure that they are fit for all the big tournaments, we need to manage them before that to ensure that they are peaking then. We also have the Test match in the UK spilling from last year and we need to ensure we try to be able to get the best side for that Test match.

“With the kind of busy schedule, we have to understand there are times we need to rest our big players. We won’t be able to field our strongest team all the time. It gives youngsters opportunities and increases the depth of our squad and gives us an opportunity to assess how good they are.

“It is a balance between managing the workload of some of the players, especially who have been a part of all three formats of the game for us in the last six months. We will do that over the next six months.

“It is important to manage people through a very busy calendar,” he said.

Meanwhile, Rahul Dravid stressed that the team is not focused on setting new records but are determined to follow the process and keep winning every match they play in the lead-up to the T20 World Cup.

India are 1 win away from scripting a new world record for the most successive wins in the shortest format of the game. India are currently tied on 12 successive wins along with Afghanistan and Romania and a victory in the series opener in New Delhi will help them set the record.

“We have not really thought of or paid attention to the records. It is nice to win games. But for me, a lot of this is about not worrying about creating records or numbers, we want to win every game we play. We want to prepare and practise well and get to the field with our tactics right and try executing them. If it happens, it is great,” Dravid added.



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