Ravi Shastri has lashed out at the players in the Indian team for their recurrent injuries that have hampered the combination of the side in the marquee events.
In a conversation with ESPN Cricinfo, the former Head Coach said, "There are quite a few in the last three or four years who are permanent residents of the NCA. Soon, they'll get a resident permit there to walk in any time they want, which is not a good thing at all. It's unreal."
"Come on, you're not playing that much cricket to be injured again and again. I mean, you can't play four matches on the trot. What are you going to the NCA for? If you are going to come back and then three matches later, you're back there."
"So make sure you get fit and come once and for all because it's damn frustrating. Not just for the team, the players, the BCCI, the captains of the various franchises. It's annoying, to say the least," he further added.
Shastri also questioned the training methods of the players that lead to career-threatening injuries."I can understand a serious injury, but every four games, when someone touches his hamstring, or someone touches his groin, you start thinking what are they training, what's going on. And some of them don't play any other cricket in the year. It's just four overs [in the IPL], man, three hours. The game is over," he concluded.
The Indian team has been without the services of Jasprit Bumrah since September 2022 and will also miss Shreyas Iyer in the upcoming World Test Championship, leading to a lot of question marks on the medical support at the National Cricket Academy.