Sunil Gavaskar is of the opinion that some top performers from the IPL might get a chance to represent their national teams in the upcoming Cricket World Cup. The former India opener has also added that Gary Kirsten’s tips would be helpful for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in this IPL.
This is the first time in the 12-year history of the IPL that the tournament will be played just before a 50-over World Cup and there has been a lot of discussion going around the cricketing fraternity regarding this. Not only the Indian national team but all the boards to participate in the World Cup will be eyeing the performances of their respective players in the T20 league. Gavaskar has also voiced his opinion regarding this saying that some of the top performers in IPL will get a chance to play in the World Cup as well.
“The cricket world's best league is here again and it promises to be bigger than the earlier ones. That the World Cup follows straight after the IPL gives the tournament even more of a fillip as there could well be some star performers who can find their way into their national teams,” Gavaskar wrote in his column for TOI.
“Despite the fact that the formats are different, a player in red hot form could force his way into the team for the World Cup. The only downside is that some franchises will lose the services of their overseas players who have to go back to their countries' training camps and will thus miss the last few games. Taking this into account a lot of franchises bid smartly at the auction, ensuring they had adequate Indian replacements for the overseas player likely to leave early.”
The season 12 opener will be played between the defending champions Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Chennai today. The MS Dhoni-led side will take on another team from the southern part of the country which despite having two great batsmen have failed to clinch the title even once in the history of the tournament. RCB, captained by Virat Kohli, had lost the finals thrice in 2009, 2011 and 2016 against Deccan Chargers, Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively.
“The defending champions Chennai begin their campaign to retain the title with a game against their neighbours Bangalore who have promised much but not quite delivered despite having two of the most destructive batsmen in the game,” the former Test opener explained.
“Their bowling hasn't always come to the party. This time they have Gary Kirsten as their coach and hope that his inputs will help in those key moments when the match is on a razor's edge and could tilt this way or that.”
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