IPL 2021: Parthiv says “IPL should get credit” for Team India’s success away from home –Former Indian wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel believes that the dressing room atmosphere is one of the key reasons behind India’s success and the credit for should also go to the IPL. The Virat Kohli led side have shown great comradery over the years and it was in display during the India vs England 2nd Test at Lord’s, with the entire team charged up after a scuffle between James Anderson and Jasprit Bumrah. The Indian pace attack rattled their opponents bowling them out for a paltry 120 to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
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Speaking on the Players Lounge podcast, Parthiv Patel lavished praise on Team India’s dressing room atmosphere and believes that IPL is a crucial factor in ensuring the same. Parthiv Patel said, “If you look at the Indian dressing room as of now, you see Ishant Sharma roaming around with Virat Kohli. But, you also see Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav, both different characters move around. Rishabh Pant goes out with Hardik Pandya, one is from the west, the other is from the north. There are a few guys from the east I think.”
The former cricketer turned pundit added, “If you look at Dinesh Karthik and Hardik/ Krunal Pandya, they are best of friends. One can’t speak English, one can’s speak Hindi and still they get along really well. I think why the Indian team is doing really well in this era is because they gel really well together and IPL has to get credit for it as well.”
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The IPL 2021 will resume next month in the UAE after the tournament was suspended midway amidst the pandemic. The cash-rich league will provide a much-needed experience of conditions ahead of the T20 World Cup. The tournament resumes with Mumbai Indians taking on Chennai Super Kings on September 19.