In recent times, questions have been raised on the Indian team management giving regular rest to many senior players. Players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami have skipped a few series in the last one year or so.
Critics of the practice argue that these players are not playing enough cricket to rest at such a regular rate. However, the BCCI has already said that workload management is a priority for the team management.
Former Australia spinner Brad Hogg believes fast bowlers need to be managed carefully to ensure that they remain injury free and available to be picked for major tournaments. And for that, he advises that the medical staff should also be ‘top notch’.
“If you want Bumrah to be at his peak in Test cricket and T20Is” World Cup and other tournaments, your medical staff needs to be on top. When you are criticizing teams and when you see Bumrah not doing so well, maybe this is the period when his training load comes down,” Hogg said. Hindustan Times,
“He is definitely there. But with all the fast bowlers around the world, I think they have to be managed carefully because they are your main asset in any team. Yes, you have your batsmen and spinners (but The workload on the spinners is not as harsh as that of the fast bowlers.
Hogg, who was part of Australia’s 2003 ODI World Cup winning squad, revealed how his team managed Brett Lee’s workload leading up to the marquee event.
“Let me tell you a little secret, 2003 World Cup Brett Lee. Before that we had a Test series but the whole thing leading up to the World Cup was at its peak for him. And he did some of the best he’s ever seen in that tournament. Bowled fast balls.It was because he was sitting with the physio and planning everything for that special moment so that he can reach the top in that World Cup.