Shardul Thakur: ‘It is very strict for domestic players to play ten matches in a span of three days’

India all-rounder Shardul Thakur has called for a longer break between Ranji Trophy games for better recovery and preparation of players keeping in mind the long nature of the competition. For example, Mumbai, if they reach the final, will have played 10 first-class matches in less than 10 weeks.

Shardul Thakur

Shardul described the current schedule – where teams have only three days between games – as “difficult” as the schedule is becoming “tough”.

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“If the boys keep playing like this for two more seasons, there will be a lot of injuries across the country,” he said after scoring his maiden first-class century to save Mumbai from 106 for 6 when they looked to play a big innings. Grow up. Lead of 207 runs with one wicket remaining.

“Next year, they (BCCI) will have to revisit it, give more breaks. When I remember playing Ranji Trophy seven to eight years ago, the first three matches were preceded by [a] three-day break. There used to be, and then it would be [a] four-day break, and the knockout matches would be played (with a five-day break).”

As the IPL window continues to grow larger, the BCCI has had to move all senior men’s competitions to a smaller window than usual. This has led to several leading first-class cricketers privately complaining about the relevance of tournaments such as the Duleep Trophy and Deodhar Trophy, regional first-class and one-day competitions, which kick off the domestic season.

Apart from injuries, teams also had to deal with travel fatigue due to this short period. For example, Gujarat had to cancel their flight to New Delhi the day after their home match against Karnataka in Ahmedabad.

Then on the second day, their onward flight to Delhi was delayed, and when they finally reached the capital, they were stuck at the airport overnight. This meant driving to Chandigarh on the third morning through dense fog, leaving him with no net session before the game, which eventually ended due to fog.

“Now this year, we have seen all the games played with a gap of three days. It is extremely difficult for the domestic players to expect that they will play ten consecutive games with only a gap of three days if [a] team Reached the finals.

“Also, when there were nine teams in a group [in the old format], one team got a break in the round-robin system. Now with only eight teams in a group, everyone plays each other, so that [ The extra] break is gone now.”

Thakur gave the example of Mumbai to explain how it was especially difficult for the fast bowlers. “Yes, 100% because Mohit [Awasthi] also got injured in the sixth game.” Mumbai were believed to have rested Awasthi for the league stage clash against Chhattisgarh as he was believed to have suffered a hamstring problem.

Thakur said, “He played five matches in a row. There was a lot of workload on him because Tushar [Deshpande] was also selected for India A.” “He was not available. Dhawal [Kulkarni] was playing the alternative game considering his age and workload. Royston [Dyas] is quite new.


“He [Mohit] operated on a lot in those first five games, and then he got injured, so he had to miss a game. I think it’s because there’s not enough space between games.”

Tamil Nadu captain and left-arm spinner R Sai Kishore, who led his team to the Ranji Trophy knockout for the first time in seven years and also crossed the 50-wicket mark this season, agreed with Thakur.

Sai Kishore said, “Some players also feel the same way.” “Fast bowlers are extra tired because you travel for a day. For me, I don’t train much because it’s three-dayers. I bowl straight match-by-match, so the load on my body is fine. Yes. I don’t.” Don’t put pressure on yourself in training before the match. I am managing myself that way, but it must be difficult for the fast bowlers.

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