Kedar Jadhav: 'We are smart enough to handle workload'

Chennai Super Kings’ head coach Stephen Fleming, too, acknowledged the World Cup's impact on the preparations for this year’s IPL.

Stephen Fleming: "Probably managing the workload of the bowlers will be the only discussion. It will have an influence but it will be minimal for CSK."   -  K. PICHUMANI

Coming close on the heels of the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League, the ICC World Cup in England has ensured workload management and fitness remain the buzzwords during the upcoming T20 tournament.

And Chennai Super Kings’ head coach Stephen Fleming, on Wednesday, acknowledged the World Cup's impact on the preparations for this year’s IPL.

“England, 18 months ago, stipulated when their players will leave; Australia did the same. When we picked the team, we were mindful of how many players will be leaving early and what the balance would be like. So, it has had an influence.

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“I have no concerns about individual players taking things easy. Certainly from the group we have, once you’re involved in a competition and committed to a team, there’s a competitive aspect that makes them as good as they are.

"And that won’t be compromised. While they’re with us, I don’t see any complacency or let-off even with the World Cup around the corner. Probably managing the workload of the bowlers will be the only discussion. It will have an influence but it will be minimal for CSK,” Fleming said.

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Playing World Cup a dream

Kedar Jadhav, one of the mainstays in the Indian middle-order, said playing the World Cup would be a dream come true.

“For any Indian cricketer, it’s a dream to feature in a World Cup team, and I’m no different. However, as of now, my focus in the next two months will be on CSK.

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"I love the environment and the culture here. Last year, I was here for only 10 days and missed the whole journey when we lifted the Cup last year,” he said.

Talking about workload management, Jadhav said, “My workload is about managing my bowling. In CSK, I don't think I need to bowl as much as I do in the Indian team. We all are professional cricketers and we know how to manage our bodies.

"How you recover after every IPL game really matters during this two-month period. You can’t just improve in one training session. Obviously, it’s up to the individuals and we are smart enough to handle the situation.

"We will work in tandem with trainers and physios of Indian team as well as the franchise. We have got some notes (from Indian trainers and physios) and we have to follow them.”