IPL has been a blockbuster since its inception. It is a pleasing sight that world’s best in the game fighting it out against each other.
IPL has everything to be a crowd puller. Breathtaking batting, superb bowling spells, brilliant athleticism, last-over thrillers, switch hits, cheeky shots but, IPL do more harm to Indian cricket than good?
Losing home advantage
Teams excel in home conditions because they know the conditions better than their counterparts. Beating Australia in Australia, beating England in England and beating South Africa in South Africa, all are a tough task for every visiting team.
Beating India in India is easy? no, it is still difficult to win against Men-in-blue in the home conditions but, nowadays visiting batsmen find it relatively easy to play in India compared to their predecessors. Why? The answer is simple. It is because of IPL.
How IPL led to losing home advantage?
- Indian conditions are no longer alien to foreigners because of IPL.
- They are feeling like playing at home. Crowds love them, Gayle, AB de Villiers, McCullum, Dwayne Bravo all are fan favourites
Lack of emergence of quality Test players
Youngsters like Sarfaraz Khan and Sanju Samson are not afraid of any opposition bowlers, even if Steyn bowls against them, they hit sixes at will but can they excel in Test cricket?
Two-three years ago, if you ask a player, “What is your dream?” 90% say they want to play in the longest format of the game for ample period of time but nowadays, youngsters’ aim is to get an IPL contract because IPL gets you instant fame and money. Who wants to play Tests if that doesn’t give you an identity and financial security?
- BCCI have to send players to participate in other leagues such as BigBash, Caribian premier league or county cricket. That will help them to acclimatize to foreign conditions.
- The board should take a special care for technically sound players who perform well in Ranji Trophy and reward them with some accolades that will motivate them to excel in Tests.