Shastri admits India players fatigued
India head coach Ravi Shastri admits his players will benefit from an enforced lay-off as many were looking jaded.
The coronavirus pandemic means no cricket will be played for the foreseeable future and the Indian Premier League may well be lost for 2020.
Many of the Asian stars were due to feature in the sub-continental extravaganza and it is still unclear whether the Twenty20 event will take place behind closed doors.
India were comfortably outplayed by New Zealand on their recent tour, losing all three one-day internationals and both Tests to the in-form Kiwis, who also beat England in a two-match Test series over the winter.
Virat Kohli's men were due to face South Africa in a one-day series in March before it fell foul of the pandemic although Shastri was not overly concerned.
"It cannot be a bad thing because towards the end of the New Zealand tour, you could see some cracks coming up when it came to mental fatigue, physical fitness and injuries," he told Sky Sports.
"The amount of cricket we have played over the last 10 months was beginning to take its toll."
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