Former India cricket captain and chairman of selectors Chandu Borde has said every international player is aware of his injuries and in his own interest he should stop playing rather than aggravating it on the field.
Borde, who played for India in 55 Tests between 1958 and 1969, said a player does not need to be told about his injury by anyone, he himself gets to know about it.
Borde's remarks came in the wake of captain-designate Gautam Gambhir missing India's tour to the West Indies after playing in the cash-rich Indian Premier League with a shoulder injury. The issue has sparked a debate whether players put their clubs' interests over that of the country.
Gambhir claimed that he was unaware of the seriousness of the injury that he suffered in the World Cup and came to know of its gravity only from the report of the Kolkata Knight Riders physio Andrew Leipus.
"It is a reality that a lot of cricketers continue playing despite the injury. I don't support this as it could be harmful for his career," said Borde here Wednesday night at the 35th convention of the Sports Journalist Federation of India (SJFI).
"Every player comes to know whenever he is injured. You must know your own body at the top level."
About the current side, the former all-rounder said the team is breaking new grounds as it has a 'fantastic' blend of young and the senior cricketers.
"The great part of the Test team is that it has the presence of youth and also stalwarts like Sachin (Tendulkar), Rahul (Dravid), (VVS) Laxman. The One-day side is not that experienced but has some really talented cricketers who excel under a calm captain in Mahendra Singh Dhoni," he said.
Borde refused to make comparison of the World Cup winning sides of 1983 and 2011 but picked the latter as the best ever for its sheer achievements.
"Both the World Cups were played under different conditions so you can't really compare the two sides. But this side, having already attained number one ranking in Tests and now winning the coveted trophy, deserves to be called the best ever," he summed up.