Cricket - Featured - February 28, 2020

Miss IPL if you feel burned out : Kapil Dev

Former India captain Kapil Dev stated that it is okay for the Indian team regulars to miss the IPL. If they feel that their international schedule is too cramped, they can miss the Indian Premier League. At the start of India’s present tour of New Zealand, skipper Virat Kohli had raised an issue. He said that the team is getting closer to playing straight after arriving at the stadium. 

If you think there is burnout then don’t play IPL,” Kapil told reporters on the sidelines of the fifth edition of HCL Grant’s felicitation ceremony.

There you are not representing your country. So if you think you are burnt out, you can always take a break during the IPL. When you are representing your country, the feeling should be different,” he said. 

According to Kapil, while playing for the country players need to give their best. This performance should not be compromised by putting a lot of energy in franchise cricket.  

However, Kapil denied to comment on whether he saw any signs of burnout from the Indian players. Their recent Test defeat to New Zealand, or the 3-0 ODI series whitewash might seem to indicate a burnout. 

I don’t know. It’s very difficult and unfair for me to see TV and make a statement,” he said.

Kapil felt burned out during his playong days as well

In an international career spanning for over 16 years, Kapil played 131 Tests and 225 ODIs. However, he revealed he himself felt the burnout symptoms during his days of play. As much as it is physical, feeling burned out is also a mental and emotional state. 

So many times, yes,” said the former all-rounder when asked if he felt burned out during his illustrious career. “When you come into a series and you keep on playing, you burn out when you are not getting runs or wickets. But when you do, you never burn out. You take seven wickets and bowl 20-30 overs a day, you don’t feel tired. You bowl 10 overs and give away 80 runs and don’t pick a wicket you feel more tired,” he said. 

It’s a very emotional thing. Your mind, your brain works like that. Performances make you very light and happy.” 

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