IPL biggest domestic tournament in world, even World Cups look insipid in front of it: Sunil Gavaskar

Sunil Gavaskar feels that IPL is the biggest domestic cricket tournament in the world which even makes the World Cups look less interesting.

Aditya Kumar Editor

Updated - 2 November 2021 1:24 pm

Indian Premier League is often credited for finding young talents in India and making them face one of the best players in the world. Meanwhile, such is the quality of the tournament that it also provides many uncapped Indian players to share the dressing room with the legends of the game and learn from their experiences to improve and become a better version even before stepping into the international arena.

Saying so, it must be pointed out that the much famous IPL also faces backlash for the fact that it is preferred over international cricket at times. There are many instances where some capped Indian players seemed to be playing the marquee event despite injury concerns and consequently miss the ICC tournaments following it. Now that India have already lost their first two World Cup matches, the attention of the critics has once again shifted to the domestic event whose second leg concluded just days before the commencement of the T20 World Cup 2021.

While there are many criticizing IPL, former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar has stated on AajTak that IPL is the biggest thing and that even World Cups are small in front of it. He reiterated that the competition is domestic cricket's best tournament. "Even if you ask people, they'll say they're not enjoying the World Cup," he added.

Gavaskar slams Team India for making Rohit Sharma bat at No. 3

After India's 8-wicket loss to New Zealand, Gavaskar had questioned Team India's move of sending Ishan Kishan as an opener instead of Rohit Sharma.

"Ishan Kishan is a hit-or-miss player and it is better if a batsman like him walks in No. 4 or No. 5. He could then play according to the situation of the game. Now what has happened is that Rohit Sharma has been told that we don't trust you to face the left-arm fast bowling of Trent Boult," Gavaskar said while speaking to India Today.

"If you do that to a player who has been playing at a position for so many years, he himself will think that maybe he doesn't have the ability. If Ishan Kishan had made 70-odd runs we would have applauded. But when the ploy doesn't work, you are going to be criticised," he added.