India is one of the few teams who have enough skilled quick bowlers in reserve: Ian Chappell
During the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21, Ian Chappell said that while Australia's pacers were tiring and wore down as the series progressed, Indians on the other hand, due to injuries were constantly changing players which kept them fresh.
Former Australian captain turned commentator Ian Chappell in his column in ESPN Cricinfo said that COVID-19 has forced players to be bio-bubble for extended periods. These have resulted in Test matches scheduled in a bunch which is tough for fast bowlers in every aspect, observed Chappell.
“The COVID-19 ravaged world has meant cricketers spend extended periods in bubbles, which challenges their skills and their mental health. It has also resulted in scheduling that has Test matches crammed together, which is physically and mentally demanding, especially for the fast bowlers,” Chappell wrote.
Chappell voiced his concerns over the scheduling of back-to-back Test matches in shorter periods.
“While the 20th-century cricketer had the occasional back-to-back Test over the Boxing Day-New Year period, now it’s more likely the schedule will include back-to-back-to-back Test matches than not, which is a real grind for all concerned.”
During the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21, Ian Chappell said that while Australia’s pacers were tiring and wore down as the series progressed, Indians on the other hand, due to injuries were constantly forced to change players which kept them fresh.
“This was highlighted in the last Australia-India series, where the home side used the same fast-bowling trio in all four Tests. As the Australian pace bowlers wore down in the final stages of the series, their Indian counterparts may have caught a break as injuries meant they had to constantly change personnel,” he added.
Chappell also praised India for having amply skilled pacers on the bench.
“India is one of the few teams who have enough skilled quick bowlers in reserve to meet the challenges of the schedule and remain competitive.”
Chappell on if players from the past and current would swap eras.
“It would be interesting to discover if retired cricketers envied the rewards paid their modern counterparts or whether current players would swap today’s whirling merry-go-round for the casual approach of the past. I suspect most international cricketers are just happy to have played,” said Chappell.