"IPL affecting Indian cricket in negative way"- Ex-AUS legend highlights IPL's negative impact on young Indian players
The Indian Premier League has established itself as the biggest cricket tournament in the world. It has benefited Indian cricket in many ways. Many superstars have made their way to the Indian team by performing in the IPL.
However, with the popularity of the IPL growing every year, there are a few who believe that the IPL has affected Indian cricket in a negative way as well. Former Australian cricketer Brad Hogg reckons that the cash-rich league somehow has negative effects on Indian cricket.
In a video posted on his Instagram channel, Hogg said that the IPL provides big money to the young Indian players, which led them to give playing for the Indian team less priority while avoiding playing red-ball cricket at the domestic level.
Hogg said, "I think it is (IPL affecting Indian cricket) because the young players are more focused on playing T20 IPL cricket because there is probably a little more cash in it, It seems a bit like easier money. When they are focused on that T20 cricket scenario, they are not focused on the longer forms."
Hogg, who himself played all three formats for Australia, reckons that a player's real test is playing red-ball cricket. Hogg also stated that a bowler can learn how to set up a batter to take wickets while a batsman learns how to adjust himself by playing in the longest format.
However, the former Australian cricketer pointed out that the IPL is affecting the younger players as compared to the previous generations, like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. India recently lost consecutive ODI series against New Zealand and Bangladesh.
They lost to New Zealand 1-0 while suffering a 2-1 series loss against Bangladesh. Hoggs also pointed out the inability of the Indian younsgters to adapt to the conditions of the longest formats.