Indian Cricket Team suffered a humiliating defeat against Mighty England. The Men in Blue were completely outplayed in all the 3 facets of the game. It won’t be wrong to say that India looked a bit off-color not only while bowling but while batting as they never took the attack against the opponent in the first half of the innings.
During the post-match press conference, Head Coach Rahul Dravid was asked why Indian players are not allowed in participating in the overseas leagues. He was quite straightforward in his opinion that Indian domestic cricket would be finished if they allow the participation of players and compared with West Indies Cricket Team.
Alex Hales on Indian Players in Leagues
Alex Hales was having an interaction with Sydney Morning Herald and was asked about Rahul Dravid’s take on Indian Cricketers. “It’s a shame that Indian guys don’t get a chance to play in different leagues. It would be good for everyone, benefit them and benefit the leagues to have the best players in the world playing. [Adelaide] is a ground where I’ve played a lot of cricket in the past and enjoyed some success. To have that sort of mindset before you head out there on a big occasion probably settles the nerves a bit and gives you confidence that you can put on a performance like that,” said Alex Hales.
“Anytime you get the chance to play in foreign conditions makes you a better cricketer and makes you understand those conditions. Hopefully going forward, they get a chance to play in different leagues. It’s definitely helped me for sure.” he added.
India in Deep Trouble
India’s performance in the T20 World Cup till the semi-final of the T20 World Cup was quite decent. They were peaking at the perfect time but now once again questions are raised about their preparation for the marquee event.
Perhaps, BCCI must allow a contingent of players to participate in overseas leagues as the next T20 World Cup is in the USA- West Indies where conditions would be completely different. It would be interesting to see whether BCCI makes any changes to its rules.