Australian head coach Justin Langer believes IPL 2020 season was the main reason so many players are getting injured during India’s tour Down Under.
After a huge break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, IPL was finally played in the UAE from September 19- November 10. However, Langer feels this took a toll on the players’ body and this began to see them getting injured.
“It is really interesting how many injuries (it) has been throughout this summer. I can’t help and think that the IPL this year (2020) was in really, probably wasn’t ideal timing for anyone, certainly for such a big series like this,” Langer said at a virtual press conference.
“I love the IPL, I look at IPL now like I used to look at county cricket for our young players. They go and play county cricket and it helps them (in) their cricket development enormously, I think it is the same with the IPL, helps their white-ball development.
“But the timing of it…because of what happened with COVID…probably wasn’t ideal, and I just wonder whether that is having an impact on the injuries that we are seeing for both teams throughout the summer, so I’m sure they’ll review that,” said the Australian head coach.
Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja are the latest additions to Team India’s injury list with abdominal strain and dislocated thumb respectively. Langer believes this will have a huge impact on the Indian team.
“Hopefully, it (absence of Bumrah and Jadeja) impacts it (the contest) a lot. But I have said this is going to be the survival of the fittest this summer.”
“And I have said when I was asked at the start of the summer about Virat (Kohli) not being here…if you are taking your best players out of any team, whether it is our team or our opponent, it is going to have an impact or it is potentially going to have an impact,” he said.