After India was knocked out of the T20 World Cup, Indian legend Kapil Dev accused the country’s cricket players of putting the cash-rich Indian Premier League ahead of national duty.
“What can we say when players prefer to play in the IPL over playing for their country?” “I believe that every player should be proud to play for their country,” said Dev, who led India to World Cup victory in 1983, to ABP News.
“I believe your national team should come first, followed by that franchise or any other team.”
India was eliminated from the Twenty20 World Cup on Sunday after New Zealand defeated Afghanistan to earn the second semi-final spot from Group 2.
Virat Kohli’s team, which entered the tournament as one of the favorites, thrashed Afghanistan and Scotland, but it was too late after heavy losses to archrival Pakistan and New Zealand.
Indian regrouped just two days after the Indian Premier League concluded on October 15 in Dubai, adding to the time spent in draining Covid-19 bubble conditions.
“I’m not saying don’t play cricket there (for franchises), but it’s now the BCCI’s responsibility to plan their cricket (schedule) better for the future,” Dev, 62, said of the Indian cricket board.
“What we can learn from this defeat is not to make the same mistakes again.”
This is the most important lesson.” According to the Times of India, preparations for the next T20 World Cup, which will be held in Australia next year, should begin immediately.
This includes bringing in “fresh blood,” such as pairing likely new T20 captain Rohit Sharma with Ruturaj Gaikwad at the top of the batting order and giving opportunities to Suryakumar Yadav, Harshal Patel, and Deepak Chahar, according to the newspaper.
According to the Hindustan Times, after their exit was confirmed on Sunday, India cancelled a training session ahead of the final match against Namibia on Monday “as players pondered what might have been.”India’s inability to hold its own in knockout rounds of ICC events has stood out like a sore thumb.” “This time they have also missed the bus to reach the final four,” the newspaper lamented, lamenting India’s “failure to adapt and tweak their tactics in accordance with the conditions.”