'Can't neglect that factor': Dasgupta explains how playing T20 World Cup after IPL 2021 could work against India
Ever since the news of India and Pakistan being drawn in the same T20 World Cup broke, the excitement and anticipation surrounding the marquee clash have soared through the roof. While most experts and pundits have already started weighing in on different aspects of the match, former India cricketer Deep Dasgupta spoke on how heading into the T20 World Cup straight after the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 will affect the Indian team.
India and Pakistan will face each other in Group 2's Super 12 stage match. The former wicketkeeper-batsman has remarked that the 'Men in Blue' may hold an edge because they would be heading into the World Cup right after IPL. He, however, did not fail to mention that India will have their work cut out in certain areas and explained how the event right after IPL could work against them.
“Yes the way Pakistan are playing at this point in time, the current form if you look at it and everything put together, you can say India might be slightly ahead. The other important thing is India would be going straight from IPL," Deep Dasgupta said in an interview with Sportskeeda.
"However, playing at the same venues, that’s an advantage, but that can also be a disadvantage because you are not playing as a team in the IPL, you are playing against each other. End of the day, it’s a team sport and you need to gel as a team. After IPL, that’s your first assignment as a team," he added.
“The other thing we can’t really neglect is the whole burnout or fatigue because this team which is in England right now will not get a break. From there, they’ll go to IPL, from IPL to World Cup – they’ll be playing non-stop. So you can’t neglect that factor at all,” he further said.
The South Asian heavyweights locking horns makes for a mouth-watering contest and tensions reach sky high. The two teams do not play bilateral series anymore due to political sessions, hence making their ICC events match-ups all the more exciting.