With the dates of the world cup approaching fast, the apprehensions about the chances of team England grabbing this coveted trophy have become debatable in the media, particularly in English Media. The recent 3-1 series defeat from team India has really flared up this hot issue all around the globe.
Englishmen have always maintained a distance from the prestigious IPL but now Kevin Pietersen, the former captain of England, has advocated the importance of IPL and validated his justification by quoting examples.
He said, “Looking into the future, until we let our young players appear in the IPL we can forget about the shorter form of the game. I have tried for years to get England players playing in the IPL but it has fallen on deaf ears. English cricket’s view is that if you play in the IPL you are a mercenary. But in the IPL guys learn to hit sixes. They learn that any target is gettable. The bowlers learn variations and different tricks. They learn new tactics from opposition players and guys in their own teams.”
He added, “They build friendships with players from around the world and understand cricket from a totally different perspective. England is the only country where the players have no idea what is going on in the rest of the world. This young Indian side has been brought up in the IPL. These young kids are hitting guys like Dale Steyn, Mitchell Johnson and Morne Morkel for sixes day in, day out in the IPL. When they get to face guys like James Anderson and Stuart Broad in ODI cricket do you think they are scared or worried? Of course not, because they have attacked the best in the world playing in the IPL.”
“Going forward we need players who are confident in the knowledge they have whacked these guys around in other tournaments. If that happens, they then go out and play international cricket and face the best bowlers in the world with more confidence. England actually has the core of a decent World Cup side already. It would just take three or four changes which, if made now, could make the difference.”