Australia Coach Justin Langer on Wednesday suggested that the delayed IPL was responsible for injury prone India Australia Test series.
The IPL usually starts in March but just like other major International sporting events got postponed due to coronavirus enforced lockdowns, IPL got postponed & was then hosted in UAE from September 19 & ended on November 11. Players then had to go through a 14 days Quarantine in Australia with the ODI series starting almost immediately after they were allowed out.
“It’s really interesting how many injuries there have been throughout this summer,” said Langer.
“We suffered through it during the white-ball series and (India) through the Test series.
“We’ll review this, but I can’t help think that the IPL this year probably wasn’t ideal timing for anyone, certainly for such a big series like this.”
David Warner & Marcus Stoinis were the Australian players injured during the limited overs series whereas India players faced a lot of injuries during the four match test series. They have lost experienced fast bowlers Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav, along with batsman KL Rahul, while allrounder Ravindra Jadeja is the latest to be ruled out with a dislocated thumb.
There are fitness doubts over Hanuma Vihari for the Gabba Test after he tore a hamstring in the second innings at SCG on Monday, with spinner Ashwin suffering from a back issue & there are also reports in media that fast bowling spearhead Jasprit Bumrah could miss the fourth test match with a side strain.
“I love the IPL. I look at the IPL now like I used to look at (English) county cricket for young players, you go and play county cricket and it helps their development enormously,” said Langer.
“I think it’s the same with the IPL with our players, it helps their white-ball development.
“But the timing of it … probably wasn’t ideal and I wonder if that’s having an impact on the injuries we are seeing for both teams throughout this summer.”