Former Indian captain and limited overs wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni has believed that playing upcoming 2019 IPL will help bowlers to prepare for cricket world cup in England. In a chat show on Star Sports, Dhoni said that bowling four overs in a twenty20 match would not make bowlers tired. Instead it would help them to do well.
“Bowling four overs won’t make you tired. The four overs actually keeps you at your best, you are bowling the yorkers, bowling the variation and playing under pressure. I feel the bowlers can still play the whole of the IPL but what they need to manage is what they eat, when they sleep and wake up,” Dhoni said.
According 2011 world cup winning captain, teams get match in every 2-3 days which helps players to get enough rest and time to go gym for maintaining body and health. Eventually bowlers have task of 4 overs in 1.5 hours of a t20 game. Hence it will ideal for bowlers to prepare better and keep practicing of bowling slowers and yorkers.
“I would like them to be at their best when it comes to the skill factor. I always felt IPL was the best time to get in shape because I had a lot of time. I was playing only three and a half hours every third day and it gave me time to spend in the gym.”
On India’s batting, Indian middle order batsman said that top order has been doing great since 2015 world cup and middle-lower order has to prove their worth and play good if team wants to become world champions again in England.
“Our top order has done very well in limited overs since 2015 and not many chances were given to middle order. So one of the crucial things will be what we can do so that our middle order also gets a chance to bat. You want the entire team to perform well,” MSD quoted.
India to play their first game of 2019 world cup against South Africa on 5th May and it’s gonna be exciting tournament after Vivo IPL. Virat Kohli will be leading Men In Blue in the cricket’s gala event.
Do you agree with MS Dhoni? Will IPL help bowlers to prepare for world cup?