India must explore the possibility of having different bowlers for each game format in order to keep them physically and mentally fresh, bowling coach Bharat Arun said on Sunday.
Speaking ahead of the final Twenty20 Super 12 World Cup stage match on Monday against Namibia, Arun said the Indian bowlers would have benefited from a longer break between Indian Premier League (IPL) competition and the current tournament.
The former champions are third in Group II and risk withdrawing from the World Cup.
Arun stressed that more needs to be done to lighten the workload of frontline leaders Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami.
“Not only the volume of cricket that our country plays … I can guarantee that it is not easy to be in the bubble and to continue playing throughout the year”, Arun, whose tenure ends with that of head coach Ravi Shastri after the World Cup, told reporters.
“They need enough breaks because I think even mental health is going to be very important in the future. And that’s going to be the norm for us at least for the next two years.
“So it’s important that we have a good pool of fast bowlers. There is enough talent in our country that we can afford to field different teams for different formats.”
The IPL, which was forced to end its season halfway through due to Covid-19 cases, ended on October 15 and India played its first World T20 match against its Pakistani rival a little more than a week later, suffering a pounding of 10 wickets.
“Being on the road for six months is a huge demand. The players haven’t returned home since taking a short hiatus after IPL and they’ve been in a bubble for six months. And I think it does. a heavy price, ”Arun added.
“So … maybe a short break between the IPL and the World Cup would have done those boys a lot of good.”