Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar has questioned India's approach to handling the fitness of its players and has strongly suggested a review of the entire process. Highlighting the example of Zaheer Khan - who had to pull out of the Lord's Test after playing barely one session on the first day due to a hamstring injury - Manjrekar said that the Indian think-tank should have known better than rushing Zaheer straight into the first Test of a major series with little practice in English conditions. (Also Read: Zaheer out of 2nd Test?)
Zaheer's previous international match was the World Cup final on April 2, after which he played in the IPL and later skipped India's tour of the West Indies with an ankle problem.
"With Zaheer Khan not going to the West Indies, the worry should have been that he was coming into a Test match cold," Manjrekar said. Though Zaheer bowled 20 overs in the first innings of the three-day match against Somerset, where he finished wicketless, Manjrekar said that it was definitely not enough to be match fit.