We talk about IPL (Indian Premier League) becoming the launch pad for Indian cricket. We talk about the opportunities the youngsters should be getting on a big stage. And on the contrary, there’s this statement from Dilip Vengsarkar, a former Talent Resource Development Wing (TRDW) head that, “Under 19 players should be kept away from IPL and other commercial tournaments”. The statement has sent a cold vibe in the cricketing fraternity.
A former selector of BCCI and owner of a cricket academy in Mumbai, Vengsarkar has made this surprising statement and left everyone in a surprise. Lately, he has been criticising each and every move made by Team India and captain M.S. Dhoni.
He alleges that Dhoni should not give so much freedom to the bowlers wherein they are allowed to set their own field during matches. He called it a very casual move and ‘BLAMED’ Dhoni for the recent loss in the Australian One Day Internationals.
As soon as the comment was made, the criticism took over. Such comments from a national selector can be regarded as really harmful for the future of Indian Cricket. IPL is considered as the platform for the young brigade and gives them an opportunity to showcase their talent across to the world.
Many U-19 players have gone off to be a part of the Indian Cricket team. They were polished and made into matured cricketers due to the exposure they got in domestic and commercial tournaments.
Yuvraj Singh and Mohd. Kaif emerged as stars in 2000 World Cup and Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja found their place after a successful campaign in Malaysia, in 2008. They were all successful players in the IPL and were a part of the champion team.
Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya have been the finds of IPL at a young age. These two boys also managed to find a spot in the playing XI on the recently concluded tour of Australia. Both the players impressed everyone during the tour and have been made a part of the team for the upcoming World T20 and Asia Cup, both to be held in India.
My opinion on this baseless comment would be a suggestion to do a background check before depriving the youngsters of the big opportunities. I also consider that the selectors and veterans like Vengsarkar think that the youngsters cannot handle the commercial angle.
It is unclear as to where Vengsarkar’s perspective stems from. Is it because he wants to protect the Colts from the glitz and the glamour of the IPL that takes away the essence of the game? Or is it because he wants to keep the IPL as a sacred place for the veterans who have arguably under-performed in several tournaments? Unfortunately, only time will tell. Well, maybe.