Indian skipper Rohit Sharma has been facing a lot of criticism after India crashed out of the recently concluded T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia. Despite starting off well and being regarded among the favorites in the competition, the Indian team could not continue their winning momentum as they faltered in the semi-final stage.
While many retired Indian cricketers have already named Hardik Pandya as a probable candidate to lead the squad in the T20 format, Rohit Sharma's childhood coach has stated an important suggestion for the Indian skipper. Dinesh Lad feels that the Indian team should stop missing out on international bilateral contests to manage workload and suggests that it can be adjusted through IPL games.
While speaking to Sportskeeda, the Mumbai-based coach opined that senior players must skip IPL 2023 if they want to perform well in the World Cup 2023. "Everybody in the world is playing because they are professionals, not a workload, you can say. So why are they playing in the IPL? Don't play the IPL if you want to win the World Cup. In actual professional grades, they should play every game on the international stage because we are getting something from it. It's not an honorary job, and there should be no compromise in international cricket," said Mr. Lad.
"I thought, maybe, we are not a stable team in the last seven-eight months. If we are preparing for the World Cup, it should be an established team. In the last seven months, somebody is coming to open the innings; somebody is coming to bowl, there is no stability," he added.
Meanwhile, the Shikhar Dhawan-led side suffered a 7-wicket defeat by New Zealand in the first match of the three-match ODI series. Despite a brilliant batting performance, Indian bowlers failed miserably, as Tom Latham and Kane Williamson ensured the comprehensive win for the hosts.