India’s cricket woes: Shastri criticizes NCA

Former India coach Ravi Shastri criticizes the National Cricket Academy (NCA) for recurring injuries faced by Indian players in recent times.

Former India coach Ravi Shastri is not mincing words when it comes to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) and its effectiveness in managing recurring injuries. In particular, he expressed frustration with Chennai Super Kings pacer Deepak Chahar who has been struggling with a hamstring injury. Shastri went so far as to dub Chahar a “permanent resident of NCA”. However, current India head coach Rahul Dravid is taking the situation seriously and is holding meetings with NCA officials. Dravid is determined to find a solution after losing key players like Jasprit Bumrah and Shreyas Iyer to long-term injuries. The Indian cricket team is looking to get back on track and avoid a repeat of this frustrating injury situation in the future.

Ravi Shastri’s recent comments about the number of players who have become permanent residents at the NCA, does beg the question: is it really necessary? It’s understandable that players may want to visit the facility for treatment or rehabilitation, but some seem to be making it a regular occurrence. Deepak Chahar, for instance, has been out of action for almost the whole of last year and now, even IPL 2023 seems doubtful due to his injury woes. One has to wonder if the frequency of his NCA visits has contributed to these recurring injuries. It’s definitely a situation that needs to be addressed, as players shouldn’t have to rely on the NCA to get through a season.

Injuries are a part and parcel of a sportsperson’s life. Yet, it’s never easy to witness your favorite player being ruled out of action for long periods of time. Indian cricket fans have faced a similar ordeal with Shreyas Iyer’s recent lower back injury. While his return was not expected for the Test series against Australia, he was quickly rushed back to action, resulting in a relapse. Unfortunately, he is now undergoing surgery, putting him out of the game for 5-6 months. Even Ravindra Jadeja faced a similar struggle with injuries and rehab at the NCA. But what’s even more surprising is Ravi Shastri’s recent comments about Deepak Chahar being to blame for the recurrence of his hamstring injury. It’s a shame when a player’s injury has detrimental effects on the entire team’s performance.

Ravi Shastri, the head coach of the Indian cricket team, has expressed his frustration with players who constantly suffer minor injuries during the Indian Premier League (IPL). He believes that it not only affects the team, but also the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the captains of different franchises. Shastri understands the seriousness of a major injury, but feels that players should focus on returning to the field in good health. He called out players who only play in the IPL, reminding them that the game only lasts three hours and involves just four overs. His strong words reflect the annoyance felt by many who are invested in the sport.

The workload management plan for the Indian cricket team is on the agenda as Rahul Dravid and his coaching staff meet with NCA director VVS Laxman and BCCI Sports Science head Nitin Patel. With the WTC Final and 2023 World Cup approaching, Dravid is keen to avoid any further long-term injuries. However, Dravid’s dissatisfaction with the Sports Science division has come to light recently, as Team India have been plagued with injuries. Players, such as Bumrah, Iyer, Chahar, and Jadeja, have suffered from injuries repeatedly. It remains to be seen what Dravid’s plan is to ensure the fitness of the players going forward.

The Indian cricket team‘s head coach Rahul Dravid, along with other important members of the team’s support staff, will be meeting with the NCA team headed by VVS Laxman. PTI quoted a BCCI source as saying that discussions will focus on various issues related to the senior team. Fans eagerly await any news that may come from these meetings, as Dravid has already made a significant impact on the team since taking over as coach earlier this year. With the guidance of notable names like batting coach Vikram Rathour, bowling coach Paras Mhambrey, and fielding coach T Dilip, it’s clear that the Indian cricket team is well-supported both on and off the field.

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