Rohit Sharma Opened Up About Return Of Multi-Nation Series In White-Ball Cricket

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Rohit Sharma Opened Up About Return Of Multi-Nation Series In White-Ball Cricket

Rohit Sharma Opened Up About Return Of Multi-Nation Series In White-Ball Cricket: From July 7 to 17, India will have played 6 white-ball matches against England, with really short gaps for players to recover – the second and third T20I were even played on consecutive days. From July 22, India are scheduled to take on …


Rohit Sharma Opened Up About Return Of Multi-Nation Series In White-Ball Cricket

Rohit Sharma Opened Up About Return Of Multi-Nation Series In White-Ball Cricket: From July 7 to 17, India will have played 6 white-ball matches against England, with really short gaps for players to recover – the second and third T20I were even played on consecutive days.

From July 22, India are scheduled to take on West Indies for 3 ODIs and 5 T20Is which will end on August 7, and there too, the last two T20Is will be played on consecutive days!

England are having a similarly tight schedule: after the 3rd ODI against India on July 17, they will host South Africa from July 19 for 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is, the last of which is slated for July 31. So England will have played 12 white-ball matches in a space of 25 days!

Rohit Sharma
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Rohit Sharma weighs on the tight scheduling in bilateral series

Both India and England were never at full strength – they hardly have been over the past couple of years – given their multi-format players have either suffered injuries or were rested.

India captain Rohit Sharma supported the idea of a return of multi-nation series such as triangular and quadrangular series – as it used to be a regular feature until about a decade ago and now have diminished or almost scrapped. Rohit pointed out that a multi-team series will provide an extra day or two for the players to get proper rest.

“I do think it is important but it can be managed in a better way for sure. The scheduling has to be done with some space as well. You have to play bilateral series. There was a time, when we were kids, I grew up, I watched a lot of tri-series or quadrangular series, but that has completely stopped. I think that can be a way forward so that there is enough time for a team to recover and get back,” Sharma said after India’s loss in the second ODI at Lord’s.

Rohit Sharma
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Sharma, who had missed the Edgbaston Test earlier, explained that players would want to be at their best in every game, but require an adequate amount of time to rest; he batted for scheduling that gives the players sufficient time away from the field to get rest.

“These all are high-pressure games that we play, whenever you represent your country, you want to come out with a lot of intensity.

“You do not want to compromise on that so of course, I do understand when we play the bilateral series, the scheduling, time between each game can be managed slightly better, not just from India’s perspective, but all boards,” he further added.

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