Former captain of the Indian team Rahul Dravid believes that the Indian Premier League (IPL) is “ready for expansion” without compromising on the quality as well as the quantity of talent available in the country. It is said that in the 2021 IPL, there will be nine teams instead of eight and by 2023 there will be 10 teams, which has always been the BCCI’s long-term plan.
Dravid’s views, now director of the National Cricket Academy (NCA), were echoed by Rajasthan Royals co-owner Manoj Badale, who felt that the nine-team IPL in 2021 was “certainly possible”.
“I think the IPL is ready to expand in terms of talent, if you look at it from the talent perspective. There are a lot of talented players who are not getting a chance to play. Dravid said that if there are more teams, then all the talented players can be fit and there will be no loss in quality.
“I believe we are ready because there are a lot of new names and faces from a talent perspective,” Dravid said during the virtual launch of Badley’s book ‘A New Innings’, which he co-collaborated with former English cricketer Simon Legg. The author did. Badley, as a stakeholder in the IPL, welcomes the idea of expansion and also talks about various aspects that need to be included.
“The BCCI needs to take a decision and they will call on what would be the exact approach. Badley, a British national of Indian origin, said, “It is certainly possible to create a nine-team league in 2021 but as a result, you have to maintain the quality of afternoon games and competition.”
Dravid explained on his part why Mumbai Indians have been such a fantastic team, having won five IPL titles in 13 editions. “They (MI) have a strong core with a high quality. Their core is built with world-class T20 players and is balanced with young exciting talent. They have a very strong scouting structure,” Dravid said. said.
He said that it is because of IPL that someone like Haryana’s Rahul Tewatia is able to showcase his skills to a global audience. “Earlier, you depended only on your state association to select you for the Ranji Trophy. Now, from a state like Haryana, which produces many quality spinners such as Yuzvendra Chahal, Amit Mishra and Jayant Yadav, Tewatia would have limited opportunities.
“So it is not limited to state associations,” Dravid said. He actually talked about the feeling of playing international cricket without one, which is what the IPL offers. “As coaches, we can help young players in their journey but what helps them to grow is experience. Look at a Devdutt Padikal who is batting with Virat Kohli or can learn from AB de Villiers. ”
Another aspect in which IPL has helped young players is the availability of meaningful data to improve their game.
“Look at someone like T. Natarajan. It was because of the quality of the data that he was able to go back and work on his yorker and a skill he has now got in the Indian team, ”he said. The last decade (2011-2020), according to Dravid, has been India’s best in terms of white ball cricket and the IPL has contributed with its appropriate tagline ‘opportunity to meet talent’.
“It has been India’s best decade in white ball cricket. We won the World Cup (2011), Champions Trophy (2013) and reached the semi-finals and finals of the World T20. Young players have learned to watch and listen to experts on TV, ”he said.
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