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the team India Head coach Rahul Dravid responded to a question on ‘workload management’ of the team’s senior players during the pre-match press conference ahead of the third ODI between India and New Zealand. The Men in Blue will lock a final stint with the visitors in the 50-over format at Indoors before shifting focus to the T20 series starting Friday, January 27.
After winning the three-match ODI series 2-0, coach Dravid was asked about managing the workload of seniors like Virat Kohli and captain Rohit Sharma. The head coach responded the same and also spoke about the IPL and how the national team’s medical team is in ‘constant’ contact with the franchises.
“We continue to review these issues. Some of our boys (Rohit, Virat, KL Rahul) as workload management in T20 series. Injury management and workload management are two different things, we have to balance the two based on what the priorities are for us in the short term given the amount of cricket we play and make sure we have big players for us. Big tournament,” said Dravid.
“In the wake of the IPL, the NCA and our medical team are constantly in touch with the franchises and if there are any issues or injuries we contact them. If the players are not injured or there are no other concerns then of course I think the BCCI has the right to pull them out,” he added.
Dravid denied opting for split captaincy
Multiple reports have claimed that the management is opting for a split captaincy across the format and may follow the English template going forward. It was also claimed that senior players like Kohli, Rohit and Ravichandran Ashwin could be shown the exit door from the shortest format to form a new team.
However, head coach Dravid outright rejected the idea of taking a split captaincy for the national team in pre-match pressure.
“I’m not aware of that. That’s a question you have to ask the selectors but as of now, I don’t think so,” added Dravid.