Mohinder Amarnath, one of the greats of Indian Cricket, who helped India win 1983 World Cup, has been concerned about the new trend of Indian players picking and choosing bilateral tournaments.
Terming it an “unhealthy trend”, Amarnath claimed that this trend will make domestic players careless and that they will forget the basic values of training hard. Writing in his column for The Times of India, Amarnath was also grateful for the available wicket-keeping options for India.
Amarnath penned in his column, “It would be an unhealthy trend to start, particularly when there are hundreds of cricketers across India who are toiling in domestic cricket. This would send a wrong message about merit and hard work to them. Wriddhiman Saha, Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson are all very competent.”
Former Indian all-rounder was also concerned about the injuries of two of the Indian cricket team’s pillars Jasprit Bumrah and all-rounder Hardik Pandya. He wrote, “The only concern I have is for the injured duo, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya. A back injury is always hard to come back from for a bowler”
Amarnath also stressed the fact that back injuries sometimes take more time to heal and the bowler might struggle for the pace even after returning from the injury.
“It is either caused by a faulty action or trying for extra pace. I hope I am wrong, but a stressed back can make the return to top pace a long, arduous one. Both these lads are very, very important for the team, and I hope they heal well,” Amarnath concerned.
Bumrah, an important cog in Indian Cricket set-up, last represented India in the Test series in West Indies after the CWC 2019, While fast bowling all-rounder Pandya was ruled out of the team after Home T20s against South Africa.
While Bumrah has been back to training as he uploaded a video on twitter training in a gym last Monday. Hardik Pandya underwent a successful back surgery on October 5 in London and is expected to be out of action for five months at least.
Jasprit Bumrah last played for India during the Test series in West Indies post the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, while Pandya was ruled out after playing the home T20Is against South Africa in September.