The Indian team will play the fourth and final Test against Australia in Brisbane from 15 January. Ahead of the final match, many Indian players including Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, Lokesh Rahul, Hanuma Vihari, Ravindra Jadeja, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin and Mayank Agarwal are struggling with injuries.
At the same time, Australian coach Justin Langer has blamed the timing of IPL 2020 for the injury setbacks. He said that the Indian team had to play ODI, T20 and Test series on the Australia tour. In such a situation, the decision to hold the IPL just before the series was absolutely wrong.
Timing of IPL probably wasn’t ideal: Justin Langer
Langer said in a virtual conference, “… I’ve said this is going to be the survival of the fittest this summer. It’s really interesting how many injuries there’s been throughout this summer. We suffered through it through the white-ball series if you remember and through the Test series. I can’t help but think that the IPL this year really probably wasn’t ideal timing for anyone, certainly for such a big series like this.”
He further said, “I love the IPL, I look at the IPL now how I used to look at county cricket for our young players, who go and play county cricket and it helps their cricket development enormously. I think it’s the same with the IPL with our players now, it 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’s having an impact on the injuries we’re seeing for both teams throughout the summer. I’m sure we’ll review that.”
IPL 2020 held in September due to coronavirus outbreak:
Actually, the IPL was to be held in March 2020, but was held in UAE from 19 September to 10 November due to the Coronavirus outbreak. After that, the Indian team traveled directly to Australia. Here the team played 3 ODI and 3-match T20 series. At the moment, both teams are playing a 4-match Test series. The last Test will be played in Brisbane on 15 January.