Is the IPL Break a Blessing in Disguise for Team India?

IPL 2021 unfolded in a biosecure bubble with strict quarantine and safety protocols in place. However, the COVID 19 circumvented the biosecure bubble, forcing BCCI to call off the event mid-way on 29 May 2021 with 31 of 60 games remaining. The remaining leg is rescheduled for September 2021 in the UAE, if the recent reports are something to go by. IPL is a competitive event, and making IPL predictions is tough. But that’s a story for some other time.

India’s tours

With a hectic cricketing schedule ahead, can the IPL break be a blessing in disguise for team India? Well, it could be. Despite the loss to New Zealand in the inaugural ICC Men’s World Test Championship finale, team India has much at stake. It has to take on mighty England in their backyard in a five test match series starting August 04, 2021, at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. With the world’s top teams facing each other, the series has already generated interest.

The England and Sri Lankan Series

At the same time, the second string Indian team will be battling it out to Sri Lanka in a white-ball series featuring three ODIs and three T20s. Both these tours matter, make no mistake. With a series win in England, India would establish their dominance in the longer format, reinstate that a tremendous series win Down Under was no fluke, and improve their record in England. Mind you, the previous three tours (2011, 2014, and 2018) were forgettable for India.

India is travelling to Sri Lanka with fringe players led by Shikhar Dhawan. Their performance would decide whether the experiment of fielding two teams simultaneously can be carried out in future. Also, the series would serve as a platform for young players to showcase their ability and make a strong case for the forthcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

Also Read: India Tour of Sri Lanka 2021

Preparing for the future

With shortened IPL, Indian players have a better chance of preparing themselves both, mentally and physically for the grind ahead. Freshened up players are more likely to rise to the occasion and win matches for their team, pure and simple. Plus, chances of players contracting injuries during IPL run high. With IPL being called off mid-way, the fear of injuries is eliminated.

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