“You Don’t Take Rest During IPL…”: Sunil Gavaskar Slams India Players

Former India captain and batting legend Sunil Gavaskar

Former India batting legend Sunil Gavaskar is not happy with the fact that some senior players get rested during the Indian cricket team’s international calendar. Gavaskar in an interview slammed senior cricketers for taking breaks from India matches while playing the entire season of the Indian Premier League. It is worth noting that India had rested the likes of Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah and Rishabh Pant in the first T20I against England as a part of workload management before including them in the playing XI for the next two matches.

While saying that the Test matches take a toll on a player’s mind and body, Gavaskar stressed that players shouldn’t skip limited-overs cricket, especially the T20Is.

“See I do not agree with players resting (during India matches). Not at all. You are playing for India. You don’t take rest during IPL but rest while playing for India. I don’t agree with it. You will have to play for India. Don’t talk about rest. There are only 20 overs in an innings in T20. That does not take any toll on your body. In Test matches, the mind and the body take a toll, but in T20 cricket, there is not much of a problem (in playing),” Gavaskar said on Sports Tak.

India defeated England 2-1 in the three-match T20I series that concluded on Sunday. The sides will now meet for an ODI series of as many matches, starting July 12. After the ODI series against England gets over, India will be touring the Caribbean for five-match T20I series. It commences on July 22 at Port of Spain in Trinidad.

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