New DelhiWorld Cup-winning former India captain Kapil Dev believes that the country’s cricketers give priority to IPL (Indian Premier League) over the national team and it is the responsibility of devising a better schedule to avoid mistakes made during the ongoing T20 World Cup. Cricket Board of India (BCCI).

India could not make it to the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup after losing the first two matches in the Super 12. New Zealand defeated Afghanistan on Sunday to enter the semi-finals, leaving India out.

Kapil told ABP News, “When players give priority to IPL over playing for the country, what can we say? Players should be proud to play for their country. I don’t know their financial status so I can’t say much more.

The IPL was organized just before the T20 World Cup. Due to the Kovid-19 epidemic, BCCI has prepared such a busy schedule. “I think first the national team and then the franchise should be there,” Kapil said. I am not saying don’t play cricket there (IPL), but now the onus is on BCCI to prepare a better plan.

“The biggest lesson will be for us not to repeat the mistakes we made in this tournament,” he said.
Kapil also said that there should have been a difference between the second phase of the IPL and the T20 World Cup.

It is the first time since 2012 that India have failed to make it to the semi-finals of an ICC tournament and Kapil said everyone should take responsibility.

“It is time to look at the future,” he said. You should start planning immediately. It is not that the World Cup is over, then the entire cricket of the Indian team is also over. Go and make a plan.”

Kapil said, “I believe there should have been some time gap between the IPL and the World Cup. Today our players are getting enough opportunities but they didn’t take advantage of them. They (top players) have done well in their career, but if you don’t perform well, you will face criticism… Ravi Shastri, Virat Kohli have a good record, but if you don’t win ICC competition If so, it will cause them more pain.

We didn’t score runs, no other reason to lose: Gavaskar

Former captain Sunil Gavaskar said that Indian batsmen’s failure to score runs against strong teams was the main reason for the team’s early exit from the T20 World Cup and urged the team to change its attitude in the powerplay overs.

India crashed out of the semi-final race after losing to Pakistan and New Zealand in the first two matches of Super 12.

Gavaskar said in Sports Tak, “The way Pakistan and New Zealand bowlers curbed our batsmen, did not let them play freely, that was the main reason why India could not progress. The dew (in the second innings) was making batting easier because the ball was not turning and the spinners were going straight.

“There was an advantage to bat later but if you had scored 180, the bowlers would have got an extra 20-30 runs to defend. When you are making 111 (against New Zealand) the dew doesn’t matter. We didn’t score runs and that’s the main reason, nothing else.

Gavaskar is not in favor of a radical change in the team and asked the team to change its attitude in the powerplay overs. “I don’t think a radical change in the team will make any difference. You need to change your attitude, like taking advantage of the powerplay overs that India haven’t been able to do in the last few World Cups.

Gavaskar said, “The truth is that only two fielders are outside the 30 yards in the first six overs, India has not taken advantage of it in the last few ICC tournaments.” Faced with a strong team which has good bowlers…so he can’t score runs. It needs a change.”

Gavaskar also said that another reason for India’s poor performance was the fielding. “Second and very important, they should have players who are unmatched in fielding. The way New Zealand fielded, saved runs, took catches, it matters a lot.(Language)

Akash Gokhe

By Akash Gokhe

Akash is the Founder and Writer of the Sports Platform website. He conceived the idea of starting a Sports Platform website to channelize his love, passion, and emotions for the game of cricket and to connect other like-minded people on the platform.

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