“We need to try and get to the bottom of it. I don’t know what exactly it is. Maybe they’re playing too much cricket. We need to try and monitor those guys, because it’s important to understand when they come for India, they need to be a 100%, in fact more than 100%.”
It was another blow to Chahar in what has been a forgettable year. In October, he complained of back stiffness after the first ODI against South Africa and was pulled out of India’s net bowling contingent for the T20 World Cup. He also missed the entire IPL season due to a back injury that he picked up while undergoing rehabilitation for a quadricep injury he picked up in February.
At the moment, players on the selection radar are asked to report at the NCA for a fitness assessment, following which a detailed report is submitted to the team management. The trainer then charts a workload management programme for the players in consultation with the support staff.
If a player is injured, they spend a prescribed time under rehab after a detailed investigation into the injury and its causes are conducted. The final step of their recovery includes a detailed fitness assessment before they’re given a green signal.
“It’s something we have to look at,” Rohit said. “We have to sit with our team back home at the NCA as well and try and monitor their workload. That is something we need to look at. We can’t afford guys coming in here half-fit and representing the country. There’s huge pride and honour in representing the country and if they’re not fit enough, it’s not ideal. Having said that, we just need to get to the bottom of it and find out what exactly is the reason behind this.”