With three of the Indian batsmen out of the Test series against England due to injuries, team India’s batting may seem unstable. But, head coach Anil Kumble sees all positive in the Young test squad rather than being worried about the injured players. The 46-year-old legspinner, who had experienced every emotion as a player in a career that spanned over 20 years spoke at length about the importance of communication in a sport and more so with injured players.
“Injury is something which every player fears of, despite his great success prior to that injury. We tend to have a fear on our position in the team if we are ruled out due to injury. It will have a mental impact on you, especially in Indian cricket this is inevitable. But, its time that we change the way we look at it. We want our team to get succeed rather than our individual success. Hence, every player must access his own fitness before taking part in a series. He should be 100% sure that he is fit, only then he can play. This type of communication between the player and the captain or the team management holds the key to any team’s progress”, Kumble said.
“Most of the time players hide their injury and does not perform to their potential. This is done due to the fear of losing his place in the team. It may be difficult to get back once you are out, but, as a national player, you must always keep your country first. For that, we must hope that even the player who had replaced the injured, plays the best cricket. Therefore, it is vital to communicate with the injured players and to motivate them so that they don’t lose the zeal to bounce back”, he added.
When asked about Kumble’s strategy in dealing with the injured players, he said “Earlier, there wasn’t any hard rule or procedure to follow if the injured player was to get back into the team. They were directly drawn into the team if found to be medically fit. However, we intend to bring a proper protocol within the team from this time. Hereafter, every injured player must play at least one domestic match so that his fitness can be analyzed before taking a call on his inclusion in the team”.
The Indian head coach also backed Hardik Pandya’s surprise induction into the test squad. “He is a talented all-rounder. Also, the presence of a sixth bowler benefits us when the lead bowlers are not performing. In addition, Hardik Pandya can bat deep down the order. We intend to develop him as a test-match allrounder and there is nothing wrong with our strategy, i believe”, he concluded.
The five-match test series against England will start from November 9th in Rajkot.