Photo by Manjunath KIRAN / AFP
Photo by Manjunath KIRAN / AFP

New Delhi: The Indian players will have to smartly manage their workload during the upcoming IPL since it will be their responsibility to stay fit and fresh for the ICC World Cup, says skipper Virat Kohli. The upcoming edition of the popular Indian Premier League (IPL) will begin on March 23 and culminate days before the World Cup, starting on May 30.

Many cricket boards have been cautious in releasing their players for their respective IPL franchisees, putting national duty above league commitments. Kohli said it’s not that he is asking the Indian players not to be committed to their IPL teams but to be smart and aware during the course of the tournament.

“All the workload will be monitored and given a window, the guys can afford to rest. The World Cup comes every four years and we play IPL every year,” said Kohli after India lost the decisive fifth ODI by 35 runs on Wednesday to concede the series 2-3 to Australia.

“Not to say we won’t be committed to the IPL but we’ve got to be smart. We have to work in balance and take smart decisions. “The responsibility and the onus is on the player. No one will be forced to do something. Eventually no one wants to miss the World Cup and cost the team good balance,” added Kohli.

On Wednesday, India lost its first ODI series since 2015 and will go into the World Cup after losing three straight matches but Kohli said it was not something that is bothering the team management. Kohli asserted that India is pretty sure about its playing XI, going into the showpiece ICC event. “As a side, combination wise, we are pretty sorted. Maximum one change, you’ll get to see in the World Cup. As a side, we’re balanced,” he said.

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