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No one wants to miss World Cup - Virat Kohli sends message to players ahead of IPL season

“The responsibility and the onus is on the player. No one will be forced to do something. Eventually, no one wants to miss the World Cup and cost the team good balance,” the captain said.

cricket Updated: Mar 14, 2019 17:50 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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With the World Cup slated to begin after the IPL, Indian captain has asked his players to be smart during the tournament and be vigilant about their own workload concerns. He was quick to add that the “responsibility and onus is on the player”.

World Cup is the bigger concern for several cricket boards which has made them quite cautious in releasing players for the cash-spinning league.

“All the workload will be monitored and given a window, the guys can afford to rest. The World Cup comes every four years and we play IPL every year,” said Kohli after India’s series loss against Australia.

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“Not to say we won’t be committed to the IPL but we’ve got to be smart. We have to work in balance and take smart decisions,” he added.

“The responsibility and the onus is on the player. No one will be forced to do something. Eventually, no one wants to miss the World Cup and cost the team good balance,” the captain said.

Indian head coach Ravi Shastri has also said that they would speak with the franchises in order to manage workload concerns, but then, the final word lies with the teams.

“We want to make sure that they play only an optimal number of matches without affecting their fitness or form for the World Cup. We will seek proper rest for them, so they are in absolute readiness for the World Cup,” Shastri told Cricbuzz last month during the New Zealand tour.

First Published: Mar 14, 2019 17:49 IST

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