Sunil Gavaskar has stated that players are getting more money playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) than working hard in domestic cricket, which has led to their ambitions being limited. The Indian batting legend talked about players suffering from the ‘second season’ syndrome.
Many players who had performed brilliantly in their previous IPL season failed to repeat their performance in this IPL 2022, with the examples being Venkatesh Iyer, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Varun Chakravarthy.
All three of these players played a remarkable 2022 IPL but couldn’t quite produce a repeat this season as all three of their franchises failed to qualify for the Playoffs.
In view of this, Gavaskar said that in order to make a true judgment on a player, it is always recommended to measure the cricketer’s performance for at least two IPL seasons before singing praises.
“As the IPL approaches its grand final, what are the benefits for Indian cricket? Like every year, the IPL has thrown up a number of names from whom much can be expected in the future. That said, it’s also seen how many of the first season’s stars fade very quickly, proving the old adage ‘a flash in the pan’ absolutely correct. The names are too many to feast on and they include guys who have scored a hundred or taken wickets and scored runs in the knockout stage of the tournament which is why it is always better to wait until their next season to find out whether he is the real one or just another false dawn,” Gavaskar wrote in his column for Mid-Day.
“The second season syndrome spares almost no one and if the player can come back after that, then there is a good chance that he has a great career ahead of him. Of course, many IPL stars remain a T20 specialist and are not very common on the domestic circuit. Many of them are very happy to do so as they get more money playing the IPL than the domestic circuit and so are quite happy that they are limited in their ambitions. Again, there are quite a few, so Indian cricket isn’t much use.” he added.
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However, Gavaskar was pleased with the IPL 2022 which brought in many exciting fast bowlers such as Umran Malik, Kuldeep Sen, Mohsin Khan and Mukesh Choudhary.
Lockie Ferguson and Umran clocked the two fastest deliveries of IPL 2022 and the pacers bowing their backs and whipping up the speedgun made for a fascinating viewing experience, Gavaskar believes.
“This time there has been an exciting group of speedsters who have had the batsmen duck and weave and pound the ball hard into the wicketkeeper’s gloves. It’s true that the fields were fairly covered in grass and that helped them get the carry they wouldn’t have found otherwise, but still, the sight of a good fast bowler is probably more exciting than a batting prodigy.” he said.
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