Former India cricketer Deep Dasgupta believes playing the T20 World Cup 2021 right after the second phase of IPL 2021 could turn out to be a disadvantage for Team India.
At the end of the five-match Test series against England, Indian cricketers will head straight to the UAE and join their respective IPL franchises for the remainder of IPL 2021. After the end of IPL 2021, on October 15, Team India players will regroup for the upcoming T20 World Cup which is also scheduled in the UAE.
Speaking on the tight schedule, Deep Dasgupta highlighted that fatigue of playing too much cricket can be a disadvantage for Virat Kohli & Co.
“However, playing at the same venues, that’s an advantage, but that can also be a disadvantage because you are not playing as a team in the IPL, you are playing against each other. End of the day, it’s a team sport and you need to gel as a team. After IPL, that’s your first assignment as a team,” Deep Dasgupta said to Sportskeeda.
“The other thing we can’t really neglect is the whole burnout or fatigue because this team which is in England right now will not get a break. From there, they’ll go to IPL, from IPL to World Cup – they’ll be playing non-stop. So you can’t neglect that factor at all,” he added.
India will be a slight ahead of Pakistan in the T20 World Cup: Deep Dasgupta
Meanwhile, India and Pakistan have been pitted in the same group of the Super 12 round in the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup, scheduled to take place in the UAE and Oman. Speaking on the same, Deep Dasgupta feels the Men in Blue will be a bit ahead of their arch-rivals in the global T20 meet.
“Yes the way Pakistan are playing at this point in time, the current form if you look at it and everything put together, you can say India might be slightly ahead. The other important thing is India would be going straight from IPL,” Dasgupta added.