Indian players did not get time to relax and enjoy after World Cup, says Kapil Dev
Former Indian captain, Kapil Dev, has lashed out at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for not giving the Men in Blue sufficient time to rest on their World Cup 2011 laurels and forcing them to play the long Indian premier League (IPL) tournament, claiming that this let them down against England.
He speaks out that Mahendra Singh Dhoni and company should have full proper rest after the long fight for the second World Cup title instead of participating in the IPL-4. He believes that overdose of cricket broke the players’ fitness and stamina, resultantly, they moved from explosion to fate in no time.
The ex-captain affirmed that Team India played against the Poms without passion, which they had already lost by playing too much cricket at home.
“If you don’t give time to unwind, you lose the obsession to play. That is what happened in England (Team lost Test series 4-0 to the hosts). They went through the motions and there was no passion which is very significant when you play sports.
Following the tormenting IPL, the Blue Shirts flew to West Indies for a mutual series, and without taking any rest, moved to England for a high profile challenge.
The result of this cricket hunger came out in the form of India’s demotion from their hard earned No 1 spot in International Test rankings.
Dev wants these mistakes not to be frequent again. The legendry cricketer represented his nationalized team in 131 Test and 225 ODIs along with bringing home the first World Cup title in 1983.