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Pune Warriors captain Sourav Ganguly, writing in Wisden, compares international cricket to the IPL. He says that while international cricket is much tougher in terms of quality, the relentless schedule of the IPL poses an enormous challenge to teams and players
I would say that we need to enjoy the IPL for what it is. It not only has cricket, but a dose of entertainment. The IPL is a very difficult format in the sense that you have two-and-half months to work with what you have. International cricket is much tougher in terms of quality but the IPL poses an enormous challenge to teams and players. Every now and then, when India have a poor series, you'll get another one that allows both individuals and the team to recover form. In the IPL, if form dips and you don't recover quickly to redeem confidence, you may have to look down the barrel.