Team India is touring overseas after a long home season in 2017. The Test match series between India and South Africa ended on Saturday with the six ODI series starting from February 1. This ODI tour will be a build-up for the ICC ODI World Cup 2019 in England and Wales. Nine players of the Test squad will be a part of the ODI series.
According to reports in cricbuzz, India’s limited overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma on Tuesday admitted that playing three formats at one go during an away series takes a toll on the body and would ideally prefer to play a single format during future overseas assignments.
“See, yes, there have been talks about going and playing just one format and then going back home,” Rohit said.
“But for India it’s never been like that. India has always played the whole series whenever we’ve gone abroad. And, yes, it tends to take a lot out of your body more than anything else.”
“Whereas its different for the overseas teams. They come to India, they play just one format, they go back, get refreshed and come back. Again it completely depends on BCCI, what happens there and what are the talks. But, ideally, we would prefer to just play one format. Go back, refresh, get some time to yourself, think about what you need to do and come back and play another format. But we’re used to it now, doesn’t matter. In a way, it can be good, like you can continue the momentum. Not if you are losing the series, but if you are winning, you’d like to continue as much as possible. We’re players, we have to do what comes from the top,” Rohit added.
However, Rohit’s take was not entirely researched because India now has a contract with Cricket Australia wherein they play Test matches and limited-overs series on separate tours.
But in case of England and South Africa, India still play all three formats during one series.