The IPL and its lucrative returns have had a negative impact on kids, says Makarand Waingankar in the Hindu. While Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid chose the hard road to success, working on the basics of the game to survive for a long run in international cricket, the success formula for many kids remains the Twenty20 route.
There are two ways of looking at the problem. Either shut all the coaching courses at the NCA or ban T20 for teenagers. A teenager participating in T20 shouldn't be considered for the State if at all the BCCI is serious about the problem.
It took years of systematic hard work for the Tendulkars, Dravids, Gangulys, Kumbles and others to reach the top and maintain the level of consistency at the international level for more than a decade. It's because they worked on the basics of the game they could sustain the pressure and perform. That is their success formula. But sadly, neither the coaches nor the teenagers are able to understand this.