Don't blame IPL for India's debacle Down Under: Sunil Gavaskar

Sunil Gavaskar said the batsmen of other teams are also scoring runs so IPL can’t be blamed if only Indian batsmen are struggling AFP

New Delhi: Jan 16, 2012

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar refuted suggestions that the technique of the Indian batsmen has been affected due to slam-bang approach in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Almost all the Indian batsmen, including some seniors, struggled on the pacy and bouncy pitches of Australia as they lacked technique to negotiate the disciplined rival attack.

Asked if technique has been compromised by playing in the IPL, where the players need to go after the attack, Gavaskar replied in a negative.

“I don t think so that for batting style, IPL should be blamed. These cricketers have scored a lot of runs in the Ranji, which is first class cricketer and then they are selected to play for India at Test level.

“If IPL is the reason, how is David Warner scoring runs.

The batsmen of other (international) teams are also scoring runs so is that only Indian batsmen are suffering because of IPL?” Gavaskar asked while participating in a TV show.

Gavaskar, who has been a member of the IPL’s Governing Council in the past, said India’s senior batsmen have performed well at international stage despite playing IPL.

“Is VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar’s technique has been affected or for that matter of Virender Sehewag and Guatam Gambhir? It’s only that in the last two (foreign) tours they have not played to their potential.

“Blaming IPL for that is just finding a scapegoat.

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“Then BCCI has a rule that Indian players will not p[lay more than 14 matches,” he said.

Gavaskar also advocated need for some tough decisions ahead of the fourth and final Adelaide Test.

“The team management need to sit down with Dhoni and analyse. They have a lot of time, still eight days to go. You need to think, if you need to go in with an extra bowler, then you must drop a batsman and play R Ashwin.

“But they have to look at the pitch before making a decision but they have to take hard decisions,” he said.(PTI)