In the T20 World Cup, the Indian team is going to start its campaign against Pakistan on 23 October. Two days before this match, Indian players chose an optional practice session. Optional practice session means that the player is not bound to participate in this practice session. Now Sunil Gavaskar is furious about this optional practice session of Team India before the great match against Pakistan.
Sunil Gavaskar questioned why India opted for an alternate training session on Friday even after knowing the rain forecast in Melbourne on Saturday and Sunday. Speaking to India Today, Sunil Gavaskar said that India should get into the rhythm during the practice session before the start of the World Cup.
Only some players, including Rohit, practiced
India captain Rohit Sharma led an optional training session at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday. Players like Dinesh Karthik, Deepak Hooda, Axar Patel, Mohammad Siraj, Arshdeep Singh and Mohammed Shami joined Rohit. On the other hand, the Pakistan Cricket Board has shared a video clip in which all the players of Pakistan are practicing fiercely.
Gavaskar said, ‘I do not agree with this because your warm-up match was washed away before coming to Melbourne. Then after a day off you choose not to practice the next day. Those who do not come for practice at the end of the day can become match winners. But you want a rhythm as a team. You want to see a sense of purpose.’
Captain and coach should get this responsibility
Gavaskar further said, ‘Giving an option is something that only the captain and coach should do. If you have scored a century in the last game and you have some problems, then the captain and coach can give you the option of not practicing. Then if you don’t want to come to practice, that’s fine. Similarly with a bowler who has bowled maybe 20-30 overs and feels shoulder pain or something, the captain and coach can give that bowler permission to not train.
Gavaskar said, ‘Giving options to the players is not right. That should never be an option. The number of times it has affected Indian cricket is unbelievable. In the middle of the tournament, when you are doing well, you give everyone a break. He goes anywhere to divert attention from cricket. But what is the optional practice at the start of the tournament? Look we want to win. What if it rained tomorrow? Missed the opportunity to practice.
India’s second practice match was washed out
Significantly, on 19 October, India’s last warm-up match against New Zealand in Brisbane was washed out without a ball being bowled. India played only one official warm-up match before the start of the tournament in which they defeated Australia by six runs.