"Since start of IPL, India hasn't won T20 WC"- Akram's blunt take on Dravid's 'Indian should play in overseas league' remark
India's dream of winning an ICC tournament ended when England thrashed Rohit Sharma and his men by 10 wickets on Thursday at the Adelaide Oval. Both English openers took the attack to the Indian bowlers and dominated them to register a comprehensive victory.
Skipper Jos Buttler played a briliant innings of unbeaten 80 off 49, but it was Alex Hales, who started the attack in the powerplay. Hales, who was not even part of the English setup a few months ago, is currently the leading run-scorer for his country in the ongoing T20 World Cup.
Previously, Jonny Bairstow was selected to open with Buttler, but an unspecified injury forced him to make way for Hales, who has seized the opportunity with both hands. However, he also opened up about how his experience playing in the Australian Big Bash League has helped him perform in the ongoing tournament.
However, for India, it is very unfortunate that none of their players play in any overseas league. And over the time the lack of experience has costed much to the Indian team. Following the loss, one media person questioned Indian head coach Rahul Dravid about it, asking if it had cost India anything.
Dravid also admitted that it might have helped the players, but he also said that it could damage the Indian test cricket setup. Dravid also stated that a lot of English players play in the BBL, which has certainly helped them.
He also highlighted the issue that the BBL is being played during a tight Indian schedule, which is the reason the Indian players couldn't go there, and it is up to the Indian board how they will handle the situation.
Just after Dravid's statement, former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram questioned Indian cricketers in overseas T20 leagues and also pointed out that since the inception of the IPL, India hasn't won any T20 World Cups, which means that the IPL hasn't provided them with the players that went on to win the T20 World Cup.
In a discussion on A Sports, Akram said, "Everyone thought India would benefit from IPL. It started in 2008. India won the T20 World Cup in 2007. But since the start of IPL, India never won the T20 World Cup."
He concluded that if the Indian players are allowed to play in any overseas league, the main question will be whether they can change their approach or not.