Team India landed in Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday (July 20) and hit the indoor nets at Queen’s Park Oval as rain interrupted their first training session in the Caribbean. Hosts West Indies completed their practice and nets in the sunshine but Shikhar Dhawan’s side were forced indoors.
Shubman Gill gave a lowdown of things from Trinidad in a video shared by the BCCI. Gill spoke about the plan being disrupted and having to do with whatever is available.
Watch Team India’s indoor training session in Trinidad here…
Gearing up for ODI No.1 against the West Indies
In a little more than 24 hours, a Rohit Sharma-less Indian side would lock horns with hosts West Indies in the ODI opener at Trinidad. Despite missing big stars like Rohit, Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant in the batting department, the side is spoilt for choices. There are four potential options as openers who can partner captain Shikhar Dhawan at the top.
India’s squad for 3 ODIs for WI: Shikhar Dhawan (Captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan (wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Ravindra Jadeja (vice-captain), Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Mohd Siraj, Arshdeep Singh.
Meanwhile, Ian Bishop, the former West Indies pacer turned commentator, explained how players featuring in all three formats of the game is becoming unsustainable from a mental and physical perspective.
“In international cricket, my personal thing is that I always want to see in a series, the best of players out there for each team as long as injury permits. We have to be careful in terms of diluting the game. West Indies have Jason Holder, who`s an all-format cricketer. If he’s playing Test matches, then he has to practice and get his game in tune for Test matches, like Ben Stokes. That involves a different level of batting, a consistency of bowling and defensive batting; it’s a premium as well as adapt (to the conditions).
“After that is finished, the Test players will go home. But a player like Stokes and Holder are still there, trying to fine-tune their 50-over game, which involves a different length, mindset and skill-sets. Then, when that is done, they still have to go to practice and fine-tune their T20 cricket. So, you see how much time they are spending on the road and thing with Stokes is, he does everything at 100 miles per hour.
“It is unsustainable, mentally, physically and from a family-time point of view, then you have got these franchise tournaments in between. We see Mitchell Starc saying I am not playing in this tournament because he wants to prioritise international cricket,” said Bishop in an exclusive interview with IANS.
(with IANS inputs)