Team India Head Coach Ravi Shastri strongly believes that the team needs a break of at least two weeks since they have been playing without a break since the Indian Premier League (IPL) last year in UAE from September to November.
The team members played in the IPL 13, following which they played a long Test series against Australia and are now engaged in the ongoing Test series against England. Following the four-match Test series against England, India is also lined up to play three ODIs and five T20Is against the visitors.
“I do believe you need a break from international cricket at some point. After the England series, yes they go into the IPL. Again after the IPL, a couple of weeks off is a must,” Ravi Shastri said while interacting with Star Sports.
Shastri added that along with an unstoppable series of games, the players face immense exhaustion due to the mandatory quarantine periods.
“Because in these quarantines, in these bubbles, it is mentally draining. You are a human, at the end of it all,” he added.
After they get over with England’s tour of India, the team members will start preparing for the upcoming season of IPL the auction of which will be held on February 18 in Chennai.
“As far as this team goes, this team takes pride in its performance. we will take it one step at a time. Every series is important. Every format is important.
“And we have got the volume of players, we have the bench strength to accommodate across all formats. So there will be a hunger to perform.”
Lauding team Indian skipper, Shastri said that Kohli that he has evolved incredibly and said that he is a player who knows how to handle both success and failure well.
“Just seeing the way he has evolved, you knew that there was an uncut diamond there when I took over in 2014, but just to see him evolve… It takes time, everything doesn’t happen in a hurry.”