Gautam Gambhir Suggests Players to Miss IPL to Stay Fit for ODI World Cup

Last Update: January 04, 2023, 17:27 IST

Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir (Twitter Image)

Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir (Twitter Image)

Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir suggested that players should focus more on the ODI World Cup than the IPL and that a player would not mind missing the cash-rich tournament in order to be fully fit for the global 50-over event. .

the former India Cricketer Gautam Gambhir, who top-scored with 97 in India’s win over Sri Lanka in 2011 ODI world cup final in Mumbai, believes that current cricketers should focus on playing 50-over matches simultaneously in 2023 keeping the World Cup in mind and if they want to break through, it should be in T20 Internationals.

“This year’s ODI for sure. If those who play more than three formats want to take a break, they can definitely take a break from T20 cricket, but not at all from the ODI format. They have to play together.”

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“I think the biggest mistake Indian cricket has made in the last two World Cups is that these guys haven’t played enough cricket together. Tell me how many times have we got the best playing 11 on the park?”

“We didn’t decide to have the best playing 11 during the World Cup itself, but unfortunately it was never the best playing 11,” Gambhir said on the show ‘Road to World Cup Glory’ on Star Sports.

With the National Say of BCCI Cricket The Academy (NCA) will work with the IPL franchises to monitor the workload of the players during IPL 2023, Gambhir believes that the World Cup holds more importance than the IPL this year and a player is fully fit. He wouldn’t mind missing out on the cash-rich tournament to be there. For the global 50 over event.

“So these guys will have to play a lot of white-ball cricket, especially for the 50-over World Cup, whether they want to take a break from T20 or IPL,” he said. But the break should be in T20 format and not in 50 overs. If the franchisee has to suffer, then they have to suffer.”

Indian cricket is the main stakeholder, not IPL. IPL is just a by-product. So, if India goes out and wins the World Cup, that’s a big cheer, that’s a big ring. For example, if an important player misses an IPL game, so be it, because IPL happens every year and the World Cup happens once in four years. So, for me I think winning the World Cup is more important than winning the IPL.”

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Krishnamachari Srikkanth, former cricketer and chairman of the selection committee that picked the 2011 ODI World Cup-winning Indian team, said the squad for the 2023 World Cup has to be finalized by the time India play ODIs against Australia in September.

“I think in my opinion, by the time the Australia series is over, this will be my best team. If I was the chairman of selectors, I would have said, this is my 15th, see the form in IPL and then make some small changes. I can’t wait till the Asia Cup and say ‘yaar, after this Asia Cup I will pick the team’, absolutely not.”

As soon as the Australia series is over, we have to tell you guys are going to play the World Cup, come on, do well in the IPL, keep your form there, make sure your fitness is top-notch, keep going and that’s the team. Srikkanth said, if I was the chairman of the selection committee, I would have done the same.

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