‘Country comes first, take rest during IPL matches’: Madan Lal lashes out at Indian players | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Indian players have been grappling with fitness issues with star pacer Jasprit Bumrah and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja have not been part of the team for quite some time due to injuries.
The injury concerns further mount for India on Wednesday when Rohit Sharma also suffered a blow to his thumb during the second ODI against Bangladesh which also ruled him out of the series decider. India already conceded the series after losing the second ODI by 5 runs.
The Indian team’s current form and injury issues has left former coach Madan Lal in a worrying state of mind and even expressed his surprise after skipper Rohit said that India “can’t have guys coming in to play for the country half-fit.”

Referring to Rohit’s observation, Lal, who is a member of the 1983 World Cup winning team, said: “It is a very sad thing. If the captain is saying this then something is wrong somewhere,” Lal told PTI in an interview.
“Who is responsible for this? Are trainers responsible for this? Why are unfit players going? You are playing international cricket and the result is in front of you.

“If they want to take rest they can take rest during IPL matches. Your country comes first. If you are not going to win ICC trophies, your nation’s cricket is going to go down.”
Lal also lashed out at India following their ODI series loss in Bangladesh, saying the team lacked “intensity and passion” and was heading in the wrong direction.
“Definitely the Indian team is not going in the right direction. I have not seen the intensity in the team off late. I have not seen ‘Josh’ in them in the last couple of years,” Lal said.

“They are not looking like an Indian team at all. That passion of playing for the country is missing. Either their bodies are too tired or they are just going through the motions. And this is a serious concern.”
India had crashed out of the T20 World Cup after losing to eventual champions England in the semifinals. Rohit Sharma and Co also made early exit from the Asia Cup after losing their super 4 games to Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Lal put the blame on top-order batters for India’s not-so-impressive performance in recent times.
“If you see the record, how many centuries they (seniors) have scored in the last three years? And how many in the last one year? With age factor, your hand-eye coordination slows down.
“But they are experienced players and they should have performed. If your top order does not perform you are not going to win.”
The 71-year-old former all-rounder also pulled up the bowlers for their lack of intensity.
“Your bowling unit has become very weak suddenly. It looks like they are not going to get any wickets. After 69 for 6, Bangladesh managed to score 271. So what is all this going on?”
Asked if there was a need to have different players for different formats, Lal said: “Every country is playing like that. Must have specialised cricketers for different formats. Why not have different players for different formats? All countries are doing it and India should also do the same.”
(With PTI Inputs)

Source link

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *