Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev. Image-PTI

Team India won’t progress in the T20 World Cup after New Zealand defeated Afghanistan by eight wickets on Sunday.

Afghanistan’s loss not only meant their run in the tournament would end, but also India exited along with them.

India National Cricket Team
India National Cricket Team. Image Credits: ICC

India out of T20 World Cup semi-final race

India lost their first two fixtures against Pakistan and New Zealand because of dismal performance with the bat, especially the top-order.

However, India won their next two games against Afghanistan and Scotland with heavy margins, but that was too late for Virat Kohli & co.

Indian team and their fans were hoping for Afghanistan to win against the Black Caps so that the former could qualify in the semis on a superior net run rate.

But that wasn’t the case for the Indians, and they will have to be satisfied with their position in Group 2.

There should have been some gap between IPL and the World Cup: Kapil Dev

Every member of the Indian squad was part of IPL 2021 that was completed just a week before the start of the Super 12 stage.

India’s World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev is of the opinion that BCCI needs to manage player’s schedule very well and also mentioned that players must decide whether to play for the country or focus more on IPL.

“It’s time to look at the future. You should start planning right away. It’s not that since the World Cup is over, the Indian team’s entire cricket is too. Go and plan. I just feel that there should have been some gap between IPL and the World Cup. But this is certainly there that our players today have a lot of exposure, but they could not make the most of it,” Kapil Dev said on ABP News.

Virat Kohli and Ishan Kishan, IPL 2021
Virat Kohli and Ishan Kishan. image Credits: BCCI

“When players prioritise IPL over playing for the country, what can we say. Players should take pride in playing for their nation. I don’t know their financial conditions, so can’t say much. But I feel that first in line should be the country’s team and then franchises.

“I’m not saying do not play cricket there (in IPL), but the responsibility is now on the BCCI to plan in a better way. To not repeat mistakes we committed in this tournament is the biggest learning for us,” he added.

India will play their final match of the group stage against Namibia on Monday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

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