The ongoing tour of India in Australia has undeniably produced scintillating contests that captured the imagination of cricket pundits and fans alike. While it has been a neck-to-neck competition between the two sides, the ongoing tour has also witnessed a lot of players getting injured.
The four-match Test series, which is currently evenly poised at 1-1, has also witnessed its fair share of injuries amongst the players on both sides. Team India, in particular, has found themselves racing against time to find a fit playing XI for the series decider slated to begin from 15th January.
While the lack of cricketing action, owing to the global pandemic, this year has played its part in players picking up injuries lately, Australian coach Justin Langer feels that the timing of the thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League, which was played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is also to blame.
"It's really interesting how many injuries there have been throughout this summer. We suffered through it during the white-ball series and (India) through the Test series. We'll review this, but I can't help think that the IPL this year probably wasn't ideal timing for anyone, certainly for such a big series like this," Langer said during a media interaction.
India travelled to Australia without Rohit Sharma (for the first two Tests) and Ishant Sharma (ruled out of the series) after they picked up injuries during IPL 2020. Since then, the tourists have lost Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav and KL Rahul to injuries.
On the other hand, the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin, Hanuma Vihari and Mayank Agarwal are also playing with injuries.
For Australia, the likes of David Warner and Marcus Stoinis, who were key players for their respective IPL teams in the 2020 edition, were injured for most of the limited-overs series. Warner further missed the first two Tests before eventually returning for the third match despite not being fully fit.
"I love the IPL, I look at the IPL now how I used to look at county cricket for our young players, who go and play county cricket and it helps their cricket development enormously. I think it's the same with the IPL with our players now, it helps their white ball development. But the timing of it because of what happened with Covid, probably wasn't ideal, and I just wonder whether that's having an impact on the injuries we're seeing for both teams throughout the summer. I'm sure we'll review that," Langer added.