Former captain Ian Chappell believes enjoying cricket in COVID-19 period is loads completely different from something skilled prior to now, however stated the upcoming IPL can provide some “challenging” practice to Indian and Australian players ahead of their much-anticipated duel later this yr.
Indian players will fly immediately to Australia after the IPL concludes on November 10 for the high-profile tour which is probably going to start with a T20 sequence adopted by 4 Tests and ODIs. The IPL begins in Abu Dhabi on September 19.
Chappell feels the high-profile T20 occasion would possibly simply be a blessing in disguise for the Indians and the Australians, with only a few sequence attainable since mid-March as a result of of the pandemic.
“One thing is certain: where there’s a will, there’s a way, and the better players are dedicated to finding a solution,” Chappell wrote in a column for ESPNcricinfo.
“In 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.”
Chappell admitted the IPL “may not seem like ideal preparation for a tough Test series in Australia” however he recalled the ideas of former England batsman Ravi Bopara in 2009.
“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.”
The 76-year-old legend stated with a bunch of well being and security protocols in place, it’s troublesome for visiting groups to prevail over house sides within the COVID-19 period.
“With venue bubbles, isolation rules, social distancing, and a number of changes to playing conditions, adapting to international competition has been testing for players. It’s made life difficult and different even in a team environment but imagine the individual’s dilemma in enforced isolation with a tour looming,” he stated.
“The physical preparation is not so difficult, especially for self-starters, but how do you stay in cricket shape?”
But the previous captain stated the Indians very nicely perceive the stakes related to the tour of Australia and can go away no stone unturned of their preparations for the sequence.
“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.
“It’s unlikely India may have the luxurious of lead-up matches in opposition to powerful opposition. More possible it will likely be intra-squad video games, which can be useful if choice is even handed and pits good bowlers in opposition to equally proficient batsmen. The draw back is the quick bowlers are sometimes cautious of injuring their very own players,” he stated.
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