Senior New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor feels the suspension of IPL “played in the hands of India,” giving They grow kohliThe team has more time to adapt to the English conditions before the final of the World Test Championship next month.
The Indian Premier League, which was suspended earlier this month due to numerous cases of COVID-19 in the bubble, was due to end on May 30, while the WTC final between New Zealand and India is scheduled to begin on June 18 in Southampton.
“For India, an IPL that ended early in unfortunate circumstances probably played a bit on their hand,” Taylor told reporters on Sunday.
“If the IPL had continued, they would have had less training, but now they will be much more conditioned, their bowlers will be loaded,” he added.
However, Taylor believes that New Zealand will still have a slight advantage over India, as they are scheduled to play two tests against England in the period until the WTC final.
“I will lie if you think there is no thought of the WTC final, but I could not think of a better preparation than playing two tests against England. At the end of the day, this is a neutral place.
“Playing in two tests gives us a slight advantage, but this Indian team has been number one for a long time and has had a lot of success here,” he added.
There have been some talks that the BCCI has asked to reschedule for a series of five tests against India against England to complete the IPL, something the England and Wales Cricket Council (ECB) has denied.
Asked if he was worried about the future of international cricket amid the T20 league boom, Taylor said, “IPL is probably the highest and countries move it when they don’t have the same power. That’s what it is, players want to play in it. .
“I hope that international cricket sometimes still has meaning and priorities. As things move, it’s good … as long as they aren’t repealed and what not.”
The right, which has taken 195 tests, 233 ODIs and 102 T20Is for New Zealand, said most cricketers would still see international cricket as the top spot.
“The form changed a lot when I started – IPL, the movement and the players. We as a team failed to play in the whole IPL, we only played for a few weeks.
“It’s a move for good, but I hope international cricket is still the top and I’m sure of it. You ask most international cricket and that’s it.”
The 37-year-old also rumors about his retirement.
“Age is a simple number and as long as you enjoy and feel good enough and contribute to the team on and off the field.”
“I had 35 in mind because of the 2019 World Cup, but I went there and felt I could still contribute and therefore I didn’t think that just because it was a World Cup, it was time to retire, but I don’t mean a number.” he added.