After India’s loss to New Zealand by eight wickets in the T20 World Cup, the Indian Premier League (IPL) is under the scanner.
Fans of the Indian team have lashed out at the BCCI and its cash-rich league for not allowing Indian players, sufficient rest before the T20 World Cup event.
Earlier in May, IPL 2021 was halted in mid-way owing to the rising COVID-19 cases in India.
IPL is the best domestic tournament in the world: Sunil Gavaskar
The BCCI rescheduled the tournament in the September-October window in the United Arab Emirates, where the T20 World Cup is being held currently.
Indians fans demanded the ban of IPL after seeing India go down in a humiliating manner in the two matches of the mega event.
Former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar said that IPL is the best domestic league in the world, and even the World Cup events looks insipid in front of India’s lucrative T20 tournament.
“Our IPL is the best domestic tournament in the world. There’s nothing bigger than the IPL. Even the World Cups look insipid in front of it. A lot of people would say they are not enjoying the World Cup much. People have been saying since the beginning that the charisma of IPL or such local T20 leagues has been missing from the T20 World Cup,” Gavaskar told Aaj Tak.
Sometimes an outside perspective does help: Sunil Gavaskar
Indian team is highly being criticised for their poor show in the two matches, especially with the bat, despite going with a full-strength squad.
Gavaskar said that the outside perspective does helps the team sometimes to get into their shape.
“This outside world is not sound-proof. Somebody or the other is going to be saying something or the other, which you are going to hear. So to say that you are chucking out the outside noise is easy because what they tell is we don’t care about the outside world, which is fair enough. It’s understandable because the team doesn’t want to be influenced by what has happened,” Gavaskar said.
“But sometimes an outside perspective does help. An outside perspective which you can consider. Maybe, there is some sense in what the outside perspective is and maybe at that particular point of time, you get into a cocoon,” he added.
India play their next match against Afghanistan on Wednesday at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.