India captain Virat Kohli, when he was asked about the importance of the ODI series in a T20 World Cup year, said that every international game is important and has value for the players.
India captain Virat Kohli. (Reuters Photo)
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India skipper Virat Kohli said that every international game is important and has value for players when he was asked whether ODIs have come out of nowhere in the year where the side is preparing for the T20 World Cup.
The three ODIs between India and England are to be played on March 23, 26, and 28 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. However, the 50-over-format, in general, remains a low priority in 2021 with no major ODI tournaments around the corner.
“Look, it is a difficult one. Scheduling is something that is not in our control. For us, in international games, every game is important and every game has value. It is an opportunity to represent your team and for us, that remains the sole focus. Yes, along the way as I have said in the past, scheduling and workload are something everyone will be very aware of. In today’s day and age, you never know when restrictions are going to come in and even in the future, you might have to continue playing in bubbles,” Virat Kohli said in the pre-match virtual presser.
“It is important to consider how much cricket you are playing, it is just not about the physical side of things, it is mental side as well. Players need to be spoken to and consulted with all around. Otherwise, it is going to be a case of whoever can last plays and if not, some other player replaces that person and I do not think it is healthy for cricket system and culture going forward,” Kohli added.
“There have been cases outside the bubbles in all places we have played at. There are a lot of cases, in today’s time you have to be aware and particular about the precautions that you need to take and that is in our control. We are continuing to do that, we have been successful in two cities, we are sure that with our medical setup and how the bubble is created, we will have a successful leg in Pune and then carry it forward in the IPL also. The players understand how much is at stake, they have not felt unsafe in the hotels and bubbles,” Virat Kohli said when he was asked whether the team is skeptical of playing in Maharashtra where the Covid-19 cases continue to rise.