Prime Minister Imran Khan had predicted the downfall of the Indian cricket team back in 2012 while commenting about the Indian Premier League.
In a viral video, he could be seen talking about how glamour, extensive cricket, and money can ruin the professional cricket of India. He said that he did not make that much money throughout his 21 years of international cricket as a mediocre player from one season of IPL. PM Khan said that there is no objection to cricketers and players earning money but that should not damage Indian cricket.
He said that India must decide which path it has to choose. The Pakistani cricketing legend said that players should earn money, he earned more than his predecessors but there should be a balance between professional tournaments and league matches.
Imran Khan had predicted the debacle almost a decade ago. But this is what the Indian cricket team has been going through. The Indian cricket team is struggling to put up a match-winning performance and has failed to register to any victory so far in the tournament.
Analysts have commented that Indian players have been consumed too much by IPL that they are tired to perform in the world cup matches, moreover, league matches are different from international professional cricket.
India is scheduled to meet Afghanistan in its third match in the T20 World Cup match. India lost to Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli had admitted that the Indian Cricket Team was not brave enough with the bat and ball in the match against New Zealand.
New Zealand defeated India with eight wickets while Pakistan had defeated India with 10 wickets. Indian cricket fans have been extremely upset with the poor performance of the team in the T20 World Cup 2021. Cricket analysts and commentators believe that a crushing defeat against Pakistan has demoralized the Indian cricket team and hence they are spiraling into fear of losing.
In the post-match conference, Virat Kohli spoke about how the team is suffering from a lack of confidence.
Meanwhile, Jasprit Bumrah admitted that players are fatigued from the recent season of IPL that concluded a week before the World Cup.
“Absolutely, sometimes you need a break. You miss your family. You’ve been on the road for six months.
“So all of that sometimes play on the back of your mind. But when you’re on the field, you don’t think of all those things […] Obviously staying in a bubble and staying away from your family for such a long period of time does play a role.
“The BCCI also tried their best to make us feel comfortable […] It’s a difficult time. There’s a pandemic going on, so we try to adapt but sometimes bubble fatigue, mental fatigue also creeps in,” said Bumrah.