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WC heroes in slumber, those ignored out to prove a point

India’s road to the 2011 ICC World Cup crown was fraught with hurdles. The Men in Blue overcame them with flying colours, but in doing so, may have exhausted their physical and mental reserves. Rohit Bhaskar reports. Evaluation

cricket Updated: Apr 29, 2011 02:08 IST
Rohit Bhaskar

India’s road to the 2011 ICC World Cup crown was fraught with hurdles. The Men in Blue overcame them with flying colours, but in doing so, may have exhausted their physical and mental reserves.

As the IPL reaches it midway point, it’s apparent that barring Tendulkar and Virat Kohli, most of India’s star performers could be suffering a Cup hangover. Interestingly, many of the young guns, who were ignored — the likes of Ishant Sharma and Rohit Sharma — have been playing with renewed vigour.

‘WC took a toll on us’
Royal Challengers’ Kohli is back among the runs after a slow start. The 22-year-old feels that a drop in form is understandable, especially considering the number of high-pressure situations India was in in their victorious World Cup run.

"Thankfully, I have age on my side, so I can recover faster, but for some of the seniors, it has been very taxing. I think, for the first week of the IPL, I was very exhausted, but now as the season is progressing, I’m getting used to the demands," said Kohli.http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/HTEditImages/Images/29_04_pg22e.jpg

He felt that the high-octane action of the IPL was adding to the pressure. “In the World Cup, we were under tremendous pressure, and then, immediately after that to play in the high-pressure situation of the IPL is a big ask,” Kohli said.

Kohli, however, was confident that India’s biggest stars would soon pull their weight.

Looking in
While a case could be made for lack of motivation for the World Cup heroes, the ones who missed the bus are playing with an added impetus.

Mumbai Indians’ Rohit Sharma is the perfect example. With an average of 190, he’s been in blistering form, even though Mumbai’s strong batting line-up has meant he hasn’t had that many opportunities.

After a game changing half-century against his former team, the Deccan Chargers, Sharma said that missing out on the World Cup was a major disappointment.

“Yes, I was very disappointed that I didn’t make it. But, India won so I’m happy. I still have a long career ahead of me, and that disappointment will only make me stronger,” he said.