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IPL 2019: Virat Kohli has a message for India teammates ahead of World Cup

India captain Virat Kohli believes that it would not be feasible to enforce caps on the players on

cricket Updated: Mar 17, 2019 13:39 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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RCB skipper Virat Kohli. (Twitter/RCBTweets)

With the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) just a week away and the 2019 World Cup following shortly after it, there has been a lot of debate about managing workload of the Indian players who will play prominent roles for their IPL teams as well as in England.

After the conclusion of the IPL, the players will get about a two weeks’ break leading into the world cup that begins 30 May. There has been talks of putting a cap on the number of appearances Indian players can make for their IPL franchises in order to keep them in good condition for the quadrennial event.

India captain Virat Kohli, however, believes that it would not be feasible to enforce caps on the players.

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“You cannot put a cap on anything”, Kohli was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

“If I’m able to play 10, 12 or 15 games, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the other guy can only play that many. My body might demand I play a certain number of games and I need to be smart about that and rest. Someone else’s body might be more capable than mine or less, that is a very individual thing. And everyone wants to play the World Cup, so people will be smart about it because you don’t want to miss out on such a big event”, he added.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper further said that the onus will be on players to look after themselves and be on top of their fitness when India begin their campaign in England.

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“From a responsibility point of view, all the Indian players will have the responsibility during the IPL to keep a watch on their fitness and their workloads,” he said. “And to continue the frame of mind we have created in the Indian team - strive towards excellence and improve every day. Each player will take this tournament as an opportunity to go to the World Cup in a good frame of mind.”

First Published: Mar 17, 2019 13:36 IST