Sunil Gavaskar has issued a stern warning to India’s cricket team. He has emphasized the importance of winning the upcoming ODI World Cup. India has not won an ICC trophy in over a decade. Gavaskar believes that if the team fails to win this time, some players may never get another chance to represent the national team.
Gavaskar has also urged players to participate in every series and not disrupt their preparation for the World Cup. In the past, he criticized Virat Kohli for missing three Test matches in the 2020-21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Recently, he called out Rohit Sharma for missing the first ODI against Australia on March 17 due to family commitments.
“In a World Cup year any match missed means preparation gets hampered as the balance of the team gets affected. Another failure to win a World Cup will have repercussions that could possibly end a few international careers and that should be a red flag for those talking burnout and missing games for India,”
I feel that Indian cricket is to become more professional: Gavaskar
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) needs to scrutinize the management of player workload, according to the 1983 World Cup champion. Gavaskar is concerned that the growth of Indian cricket is being impeded by players taking too much time off. He suggests that cricketers need to act more professionally and wonders why they are satisfied with skipping India games.
“I honestly feel that the BCCI needs to look into this concept of rest. All the Grade A cricketers have received very good contracts. They receive payment for every match. Tell me if there is any company whose CEO, or MDs get so much time off? I feel that if Indian cricket is to become more professional, a line needs to be drawn. If you want to be rested, you need to reduce your guarantees. Then you take rest, because you don’t want to play. But how can anyone say that I don’t want to play for the Indian team. Which is why I do not agree to the concept,”
Gavaskar further added.
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