Indian National Cricket Team players have shown great composure to come out victorious in tough situations so far in the ICC World Cup 2019. In the last game against Afghanistan, India held nerves to snatch away a win from the jaws of defeat. Veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin feels IPL has helped Indian players tackle pressure better than the other teams.
IPL has helped Indian players: Ashwin
Since the inception of IPL in 2008, India have grown stronger with each passing game. The franchise-based T20 tournament has made the bench strength strong, providing innumerable young cricketers and the team have also become more competitive. This has been in display whenever India have played any game, be it any format. In the ongoing World Cup, the Men in Blues are still unbeaten with four wins from five matches while one ended in a washout.
India escaped a shocker against Afghanistan as they showed their calm and composure during difficult situations. Ravichandran Ashwin said playing the IPL has made a world of difference for the Indian team. This side has handled pressure better than oppositions, which will make the difference in the business end of the tournament.
“IPL is a tournament where the players have to deal with extreme scrutiny day in day out. The Indian players learn to handle pressure way better than cricketers from other nations and that becomes very important at crucial stages of the game,” Ashwin said.
No need to change the playing XI: Ashwin
Furthermore, Ravichandran Ashwin is against any changes in the playing XI when asked if Ravindra Jadeja should replace Kedar Jadhav. Kedar has been out of touch and looked out of place, but the veteran off-spinner feels there is no need to change the winning combination unless there is an injury.
“I am not part of the team but I feel stability is the most important thing. If the team is doing well, there’s no need for a change, unless there’s an injury,” Ashwin concluded.