No fitness test for Indian players for tour of Sri Lanka

T Dilip and Paras Mhambrey will travel with the Indian team to Sri Lanka as fielding and bowling coaches with Rahul Dravid as the head coach. Shikhar Dhawan has already been named skipper of the tour which involves three ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals against the islanders from July 13 to 25.

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  1. The headline should be “what can we learn from India”?

    Firstly, India can afford to scrap the fitness test when you are one of the best teams in the world – this would usually mean fitness is not something you argue or discuss, its just part of the team culture. Also, their first choice leader is Virat Kholi – can you think of a more fitter and dedicated guy on the field. Compare that to the SL captains in recent past – little wonder we are at the bottom of the pile arguing about fitness tests and player grades.

    Secondly, anyone notices how many foreign coaches India have? India have had plenty of foreign coaches but they were smart to ensure an Indian was an understudy. Even a guy like Dravid would have played under Kirsten and Fletcher (not sure he coached India but they had a notable string of foreign coaches).

    Thirdly, anyone noticed Indians talent pipeline? This doesn’t just happen, as they always had millions of people but they fixed their domestic cricket system, backed by a quality IPL and talent has to ooze from that.

    As they say, you don’t have to invent the wheel, just be smart enough to use it!