Former Australian captain Ian Chappell asserted that the IPL 2020 will be a platform for Indian and Australian players to prepare for the much-awaited Border-Gavaskar trophy later this year.
The Indian players haven’t played a competitive match since March when the coronavirus broke out. The upcoming IPL edition will be their first platform to play the matches after five months break. However, they are still to play the international series, last playing in February against New Zealand.
On the other hand, Australian players are currently in England and playing the bilateral series. So, they are ahead of India in terms of preparation for the bilateral series scheduled between India and Australia later this year.
But Ian Chappell believes that IPL will surely prepare the players for the series in December. He believes that the T20 league is not the ideal preparation for the extended series but he also quoted England cricketer Ravi Bopara who opined that ‘looking to score at every opportunity gets your feet moving positively’
“One thing is certain: where there’s a will, there’s a way, and the better players are dedicated to finding a solution,” Ian Chappell wrote in a column for ESPNcricinfo.com.
“In the case of Indian players, and some of the Australians, they will at least have some challenging IPL cricket in the lead-up to the December series.”
“After a stint in the IPL, Bopara was asked on return to England if this was appropriate preparation for a Test match. He responded by saying that ‘looking to score at every opportunity gets your feet moving positively’. He proved his point emphatically by scoring back-to-back centuries against West Indies.”
Ian Chappell said the Indians very well understand the stakes associated with the tour of Australia and will leave no stone unturned in their preparations for the series.
“The Indian players could well adopt this attitude for a series in Australia that will impact the Border-Gavaskar trophy, the World Test Championship, and their personal pride.
As the talks are going that Australia and India would have warm-up matches, Ian Chappell believes that India will not get practice matches with Australia but they are likely to prepare themselves with intra-squad games.
“It’s unlikely India will have the luxury of lead-up matches against tough opposition. More likely it will be intra-squad games, which can be helpful if selection is judicious and pits good bowlers against equally talented batsmen.
“The downside is the fast bowlers are often wary of injuring their own players,” Ian Chappell concluded.
Indian team after playing the IPL will land South Australia after the West Australian government denied any relaxation in the quarantine period. Moreover, the fixtures of the series are yet to be announced.