A section of fans and experts have often berated the IPL, for taking space of other formats.
Ravi Shastri, however, believes that the cash flow because of the IPL is significant for the growth of cricket. He reckons the money obtained from the biggest T20 league in the world helps the BCCI fund and invest in domestic cricket and at lower levels.
“I think the IPL is extremely important. I don’t care what people think. IPL is the cash cow for your other formats to survive. You have got to get that in place and then earn the bucks, get it into the coffers and then spread it around to different formats of the game, at grassroots level, at domestic cricket level, to keep the game alive,” Ravi Shastri told NDTV.
I think you need to be able to take a break: Ravi Shastri
Ravi Shastri also spoke about Virat Kohli and other players being rested from the upcoming Test series against New Zealand.
Kohli has been rested from the first Test and will return to lead in the second. Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami have been rested from both Tests.
The former coach explained that these players have been away from home since June and have lived in bio-bubbles.
“In these times of Covid, which is unprecedented since the Second World War, I don’t think one individual can be on the road for the amount of time the Indian team is on the road. I think you need to be able to take a break. Not just Virat, everyone in the team at some time will need a break because they are humans,” the 59-year-old elaborated.
The three T20Is against New Zealand will be played in Jaipur (November 17), Ranchi (November 19) and Kolkata (November 21), followed by Tests in Kanpur (November 25-29) and Mumbai (December 3-7).