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Workload management: Rohit Sharma, Zaheer Khan tell Mumbai Indians' players to listen to their bodies

The suggestion came amid a debate around the workload management of players, now gearing up for a gruelling Indian Premier League, which will end barely days before the World Cup.

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Mumbai Published on: March 19, 2019 18:11 IST
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Workload management: Rohit Sharma, Zaheer Khan tell Mumbai Indians players to 'listen' to their bodies

Offering an advice to the World Cup-bound India players living out of their suitcase for months, opener Rohit Sharma and former pace spearhead Zaheer Khan Tuesday said: "listen to your body".

The suggestion came amid a debate around the workload management of players, now gearing up for a gruelling Indian Premier League, which will end barely days before the ICC showpiece begins in the United Kingdom on May 30.

"It's going to be challenging as always. We have been on the road for last three or four years. We have played a lot of back to back cricket. It depends on individuals. You should always listen to your body," Rohit said.

Rohit is leading the Mumbai Indians in the IPL with Zaheer being the team's Director of cricket operations.

"Yes, the World Cup is our priority. The IPL is also one of the biggest tournaments in the world. That is our priority as well. Keeping everything in mind we would take a decision collectively (on workload factor) on each individual," the swashbuckling batsman said.

Zaheer felt that it was up to the individuals to listen to their bodies as far as workload was concerned.

"I have always felt it's an individual call. You have to listen to body and respond. I think we all recognise how important the World Cup is as a tournament and we also understand what the IPL brings to the table - match practice and intensity.

"You don't want a lay-off for a long time for any cricketer. He needs to be in touch and dealing with pressure. That is also going to be a huge factor in the World Cup. We understand all that and steps will be taken," the former India pacer said.

Zaheer said no player should play in the IPL thinking what could happen if he gets injured ahead of the World Cup.

"There has been a lot of talk about workload. You have to trust each and every member of the World Cup squad. We don't want them to play in the tournament thinking 'if I give 100 per cent I may get injured and be blamed for it'. We need to take that pressure away from them.

"Playing more and more matches has always worked for me. We all need to make peace with the workload talk and the World Cup talk. We understand how important it is and, at the same, time need to create a scenario where everyone is trusting them," Zaheer said.

"Some of the players that I have spoken to in the Indian team and here, like to keep in touch, they like to keep playing. They are smart, they know when they need to take a back seat and rest," Rohit added.

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