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Following India’s damaging series defeat at the hands of neighbors Bangladesh, former Indian all-rounder Madan Lal reckoned that the Indian team is lacking motivation on the field. The 1983 World Cup winner also lamented the injury concerns in the Indian team in the wake of Indian skipper Rohit Sharma’s thumb injury.
Former Indian all-rounder Madan Lal feels that the Indian team is not been performing up to the mark in recent times and are lacking ‘Josh’ on the field. He stated that it might be due to the congestion of fixtures which has taken a toll on the bodies of the Indian cricketers.
“Definitely the Indian team is not going in the right direction. I have not seen the intensity in the team off late. I have not seen ‘Josh’ in them in the last couple of years. They are not looking like an Indian team at all. That passion for playing for the country is missing. Either their bodies are too tired, or they are just going through the motions. And this is a serious concern,” Madan Lal was quoted as saying by News 18.
If they want to take rest, they can take rest during IPL matches: Madan Lal
After India’s narrow loss in the second ODI, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma, who sustained a thumb injury in the match, turned a few heads with his comments on the frequent injuries to the Indian players. The former Indian cricketer was surprised by Rohit’s comments and wished to get to the root of the problem. He also said that the players should prioritize playing for the nation rather than the cash-rich IPL to provide ample rest to their bodies.
“It is a very sad thing. If the captain is saying this, then something is wrong somewhere. Who is responsible for this? Are trainers responsible for this? Why are unfit players going? You are playing international cricket and the result is in front of you. If they want to take rest, they can take rest during IPL matches. Your country comes first. If you are not going to win ICC trophies, your nation’s cricket is going to go down,” he added.
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