Kapil Dev was straightforward in his criticism, questioning the dedication of Indian cricket stars who actively participate in the IPL but opt for rest from national team duties when dealing with minor injuries.
Kapil Dev, a revered figure in Indian cricket, is renowned for his candidness when discussing pertinent topics in the sport. The 1983 World Cup champion has expressed his dissatisfaction with the evolution of Indian cricket in recent years. He has raised concerns about the commitment of Indian cricket stars, pointing out their willingness to participate in the Indian Premier League (IPL) despite minor injuries while opting to rest when it comes to national team duties.
In an interview with The Week, Kapil Dev raised questions about the progress of Jasprit Bumrah, a key fast bowler who has been absent from the Indian team for nearly a year. With the countdown to the ODI World Cup already underway, Kapil believes it would be a waste of time if Bumrah doesn’t recover in time for the prestigious tournament.
“What’s happened to Bumrah? He started with so much promise, but if he’s not available for the World Cup semi-final/final… we’ve invested time in him. Rishabh Pant, such a talented cricketer. If he had been there, our Test cricket would have been better,” Kapil remarked.
While Kapil acknowledges the significance of the IPL, he is disheartened to observe players prioritizing the T20 league over their commitments to the national team.
“Fortunately, I’ve also experienced injuries during my career. But nowadays, they are playing cricket for 10 months a year. I can give them the benefit of the doubt, but every player must take care of their own well-being. The IPL is a wonderful thing, but it can also lead to complacency. A minor injury, and you’ll play in the IPL. A minor injury, and you won’t play for India. You’ll opt for rest. I’m being candid about it,” the legendary all-rounder stated.
Kapil didn’t spare the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) either, criticizing the organization for its inadequate management of player workloads.
“If a player has a minor injury, they will participate in the IPL if it’s a crucial match. At this stage, the cricket board must evaluate the extent of cricket they should engage in. That’s the bottom line. Even if you possess resources and funding today, the absence of three- or five-year calendars indicates an issue with the cricket board’s approach,” he added.