The renowned cricketer Kapil Dev has recommended athletes not to participate in the Indian Premier League (IPL) if the lucrative competition is negatively affecting their general mental and physical well-being. Former Indian captain Kapil, one of the best all-rounders in the sport’s history, is never afraid to express his opinions.

The renowned all-rounder expressed his opinions on how tough competitive cricket has become in the present day and said that players should concentrate on playing the game with enthusiasm. The 1983 World Cup champion captain made a statement to the crowd during a felicitation event at Taj Palace, saying that players can never feel drained if they are having fun playing.

“There seems to be a lot of pressure on players to participate in the IPL, as I often hear on television. Then I just have one instruction: stop playing. If a player is passionate, pressure won’t exist. These American concepts, like despair, are beyond my comprehension. I’m a farmer, and we play the game because we like it; there shouldn’t be any pressure, “explained Kapil.

Since its debut in 2008, the IPL, which is regarded as domestic cricket’s largest spectacle, has served as a launching pad for young players. Some of the best players, such as all-rounder Hardik Pandya and speed ace Jasprit Bumrah, have become household names as a result of their spectacular success in the IPL.

A number of international players have recently confessed that playing in all forms is becoming unsustainable for them in these trying times, which coincides with Kapil’s comments. The renowned player previously gave his opinion on the “Spirit of Cricket” discussion after Deepti Sharma’s run-out of Charlotte Dean, which caused a huge uproar in the English media. “In a circumstance like this, I believe there should be a straightforward rule rather than protracted discussions every time. Take away the batsmen’s run. It ought to be regarded as a brief run. I think it’s a better option, “Kapil said.