Dhoni is correct
Amidst all the brouhaha about India's early round exit from the T-20 world cup, let us pause for a minute and think about it.
There is no doubt that this is deeply linked to IPL. Absolutely. When the first IPL was held, there were none of these late night parties, heavy endorsements and all that jazz.
Cut to this year's IPL, apart from playing the matches, the players have to appear for all the post match parties too. Note the use of the word "have". I am quite sure that no player would have had an option to rebel against it.
One agrees that at this level of competition, one needs to be physically fit and should be able to do as is demanded of him. The wise men amongst us would jump to the attack of the players, arguing that if you see the football league, it is equally taxing. But hey, even there, during the previous world cup, most players were unable to play well due to fatigue.
I think the BCCI should step in and first strip the IPL of all the glamor and glitz. It is after all a sport. It does not need extra glamor and jazz.
Match practice is good. But, one should also be careful not to kill the goose that lays golden eggs.
Posted by Shyam Krishnaswamy at 8:55 AM