Is the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 not generating enough interest among cricket-lovers? If indeed so, then one can't really blame the players for the lack of thrill. The timing of the tournament has to be blamed.
Is it really necessary to have the IPL in years of the World Cup? After a demanding one-and-half month-long World Cup Down Under, how many players are really at their best to give it all in another lengthy tournament in India?
The eighth edition of the IPL has already seen some top players giving it a miss, partially or entirely.
Top players are getting injured after the World Cup
Mitchell Starc, the man of the tournament of the World Cup that concluded last month was recuperating in Australia after suffering a knee strain while Aaron Finch, the Australian opener who had slammed the first century of the World Cup, was ruled out of the tournament after suffering a hamstring injury in one of the matches in the IPL.
Another Australian Shane Watson also missed four matches in the IPL after playing his first match due to hip injury.
Mohammad Shami, the Indian pacer who did excellently well Down Under, is also out of the T20 carnival because of a knee injury.
In 2011 also players got injured
In 2011, Gautam Gambhir was seen struggling to play in IPL matches for the Kolkata Knight Riders as he had got very little time to recover from a shoulder injury between the World Cup and the T20 tournament.
What if the organisers give the IPL a relief in World Cup years? It not only helps avoid overkill of the game but also gives the players some time to heal the injuries and recharge the batteries. Can we spare a thought for the greatness of the game and the skill of its participants?