Team India & Rotation Policy 

Although India performed admirably in all formats under Shastri’s tenure, the country did not win an ICC title. Following the failure of the T20 World Cup 2021, much has been said and written about Team India’s demanding cricketing schedule in a calendar year and the fatigue issue that has surrounded the players. As a result, Dravid, the newly-appointed coach, has raised the problem of fatigue with the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) and is likely to play a crucial role in the player rotation, depending on workload, in collaboration with BCCI secretary Jay Shah.

Until now, the selectors have been in charge of player rotation, rest, and workload management. However, when several players complained of bio-bubble weariness, it appeared that the picture was about to alter. As a result, the new head coach, Dravid, would ensure that the players have enough rest before the national selectors announce the squad for any future series or tournaments.

When many regular players were injured, and Kohli took paternity leave during the Australia Test series at the start of this year, India’s reserve talent was on display. In the historic final Test in Brisbane, none of the Indian bowlers appeared in the first Test. Despite this, India won the series thanks to a substitute captain, Ajinkya Rahane, who was more aggressive with his attacking fields than any of Virat Kohli’s antics. 

Because of the IPL, where players and leaders compete against the best globally, discovering talent has gotten easier. Now, starting with the New Zealand series, if a rotation policy is implemented, players will have more opportunity to challenge incumbents for berths in the T20, ODI, and Test teams. However, this will only work if there are clear criteria and careful selection. 

Despite all the talk about mental fatigue, many players may not be excited about missing out on any high-profile series. After all, the IPL is about to hold a major auction, and as the old phrase goes, out of sight, out of mind. Most players are not as fortunate as Virat Kohli or Jasprit Bumrah, who can walk into the team whenever they choose. What if their replacements do so brilliantly that they are unable to return?

Every job has a variety of alternatives. The selectors have so much choice that it’s hard to believe India hasn’t won an ICC crown in a decade. However, with so many options, the selectors, coach, and captain are more likely to make mistakes, as they did while selecting the team and playing eleven for the T20 World Cup. 

The changes in Rahul Dravid’s tenure

● BCCI will introduce a rotation policy barring essential tours.

● Rahul Dravid talked about players’ fatigue during his presentation and took the matter seriously.

● A larger pool of T20 players will be prepared, and senior players will often be rested from the home series.

● But unlike ECB, the BCCI will not force the players to rest. Instead, the players will be asked if they want to.

● BCCI takes into account Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara’s recent struggles and wants to have backups ready.

As we advance, Rohit Sharma, the new T20 captain, and Rahul Dravid, the coach, must work closely with the selectors to identify the players most likely to succeed in Australia, where the next T20 World Cup will be held. 

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