What made Team India to become format specific?

In recent developments in Team India, one thing is particularly noted by cricket experts and fans. Categorising some vital players to a specific format. Put it in the simplest way, Team India has classified some of its key players to specific formats. Team India has different players for all different formats.

For example, Cheteshwar Pujara has been directed solely to the test cricket. Given his technique and temperament, he is actually one of the vital players of test squad. In a similar way, Bhuwaneshwar Kumar and Jaspreet Bumrah have given the charge of T20 and ODI, making Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav lead bowlers for the Test team. And so is the case with Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja who are now more active in the Test team. So why this format specificity is in practice?

The answer is very simple. To avoid injuries and fatigue among players. In his recent press conference prior to Sri Lankan series in Kolkata, skipper Virat Kohli pointed specifically how some players for a specific format (such as Pujara are more active during the test series) need to be more active than others. Some of these players need proper rest and care, he added.

We now have specific players for each format and it allows players to take regular breaks thus allowing them to take proper rest and time to recover. For example, with test match being played right now, players like Bumrah and Chahal can rest.

This rotation policy or format specific practice avoids injury. The more you play, the more you are prone to injuries. Team management has thought out of the box. Nothing matters more than victories and good performances by individuals and needless to say, this format specific practice is one of the key factors in Team’s great performances.


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