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When Cricket Legends Of A Bygone Era Were Untouched By Workload Management

Sunil Gavaskar missed a mere four Tests and 20 ODIs in a memorable career of 16 years. The legendary opener played 125 Tests and 108 ODIs. India’s premier spinner Anil Kumble and seamer Kapil Dev believed that doing the hard yards without a break enabled them to pick up the tricks of the trade and become better. They did not hear the fancy and much bandied about words “workload management” when they carried out their work with zeal. Kumble sent down 40,852 balls in 132 Tests, and 14,376 balls in 269 ODIs, and Kapil Dev sent down 27,740 balls in 131 Test matches and 11,202 balls in 225 ODIs. In all, Kumble bowled 66,941 balls in first class competitions and 20,247 balls in limited over matches while Kapil, 48,851 balls and 14,947 in the two formats. They must have been very tired when they bid adieu. Kapil missed just one Test in his career and Kumble, 27 mainly because of injury. Kumble even played 54 Twenty20 matches. Virat Kohli who has announced that he will step down from Twenty20 captaincy of the Indian team post the ICC Men’s World Twenty20 has touched upon the workload factor in his note. He has said it is important to understand workload. Opinions are divided on the workload rationale. Well, it will take a lot more time to understand when it’s applied to a batsman. Is it not!