Rest & recuperation important for players to stay protected against injuries and breakdowns

Mahendra Singh Dhoni receives treatment for a back injury during the 2011 World Cup final against Sri Lanka in April last year. Dhoni is one of the most taxed players in the Indian team @Getty Images


If players have to stay protected against injuries, then it’s essential that they take care of the fitness regime. Unfortunately for the top Indian cricketers, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have crammed the calendar with a plethora of match round the year. This has given very little time for players to rest their tired and jaded bodies.


Even machines need periods of rest, but the BCCI are treating human beings as money spinners with little thought to their physical well being. The results have been disastrous – for the players and the team.


India’s World Cup heroes could not even savour their epic triumph when they were immediately rushed into the taxing madness of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The situation worsened things as Indian cricketers went into the World Cup playing almost non-stop cricket.


Even as the IPL was drawing to a close India’s casualty lost began to mount. Player after player was either unavailable or pulled out due to injuries for the tour of West Indies that followed. As a result, it was almost a second-string Indian team left for the Caribbean Islands.


There was no end to the BCCI scheduling madness as the Indian team ended the tour of the West Indies and headed straight to England, without returning home!  


It was on this tour that India’s fortunes began the downward spiral. Fortunes have hit rock bottom and there is till no signs of the freefall stopping. It all began with Zaheer Khan limping off midway through the first day of the opening Test. That was a huge blow. And as the series progressed, India kept losing player after player – mostly seniors.


Even a youngster like Varun Aaron found himself on the sidelines before the start of the ongoing tour of Australia because of injury. 


The alarms bells are loud and clear. But the ones who must hear those frightening sounds are the high priests in the BCCI. They are the ones who need to ensure that the players get their necessary rest and recuperation so that they stay protected against injuries.