Former South Africa batsman Jonty Rhodes believes that Indian cricketers don’t get enough time to recover thanks to their grueling schedule. According to Rhodes, India has a huge pool of talented players and therefore they prefer not to take a break for the fear of losing their place in the national team.
"Indian players do not get time to recover. As India has a lot of talented players, a player can't say that I will play in the IPL and then take rest as that ways he might lose his place," Rhodes said.
Rhodes also felt that the Indian team's disastrous showing in England, where it failed to win a single match, does not reflect the standard it has set over the past few years.
"They have been the number one side in Test cricket, they are the world champions and a top side in one-dayers. They have been playing really well, and have certainly shown that they can be the best team in the world.
"They have been consistent in home as well as away series and the (performance) in the England tour does not reflect their standards," the 42-year-old told reporters.
The ever-smiling South African felt that the three fielders (Yuvraj Singh, Kohli and Suresh Raina) had won India the World Cup final against Sri Lanka in the first five overs of the match.
"I am not taking anything away from the bowlers, but Yuvraj, Kohli and Raina were outstanding," he said.
Throwing light on the importance of using nutritional supplements in modern day cricket when the teams are playing almost non-stop, Rhodes said, "The amount of cricket they play today, it will help them to recover quickly. Fitness is also about recovery after an injury and players need time."
Asked to name the best fielder in world cricket at the moment, Rhodes went for AB de Villiers, though he normally plays as a wicketkeeper-batsman.
"A B de Villiers is a talented fielder though he is a wicketkeeper. He takes good catches, which are not just about diving but also feet movement." he said.