Having been a part of the Indian Premier League, Indian cricketers felt it benefited them playing against all the players, but did it back fire is one question that has been left unanswered, as Team India's weakness was largely exposed by the Indian Premier League
With most of the current players being a part of one or the other IPL team, they did enjoy their bit of success but sharing the dressing room with overseas players and playing against each other does have a few demerits, as their weaknesses were exposed at World T20 as they failed to get the right combination, struggled to post big totals and faced fitness issues.
IPL exposed India's strengths, weaknesses: Albie
Playing too many T20 matches in the last few months, could have also had a bearing on the team's performance. South Africa's Albie Morkel did admit that sharing the dressing room with most of the Indian cricketers during IPL, actually helped the team to prepare better as they had spotted a few weaknesses in Team India during the cash-rich league.
"Well, it certainly helps having played alongside these players. IPL has got all close together. Since I have shared the change room with these guys, I will able to give inputs to my team about them and vice-versa," Albie had said ahead of the team's clash against India in the Super Eights.
Though there were reports about Lasith Malinga and others' weakness exposed due to IPL, none of the teams were worst affected than Team India, as other teams fared very well against India, though India excelled in four matches out of five, the team lacked quality in a few areas.
Though many overseas players were a part of IPL, they banked on the cash-rich league as it would help them prepare for World T20 better, and ensured that it doesn't expose their weaknesses.
But Team India, being over confident lost the battle as every team got to know the strengths and weaknesses of MS Dhoni's men.
Though Lady luck favoured MS Dhoni as India won the match against South Africa, things did not go well as they failed to restrict Proteas to 121 or less in the last Super Eights clash.
When asked if IPL had a bearing on the team's performance, Dhoni said "I have always said it is a domestic tournament. There are a lot of international players in all sides, but the role of the domestic players is very important. When you are playing against international sides, the bowling attack of the opposition is much better," and admitted that the team failed to click as a unit which led to an early exit from the tournament.
Now, with Champions league T20 round the corner, a few players will be joining their IPL teams, as they look to win the trophy in South Africa.
Team India's craze for IPL has actually made it a weaker side though they are considered to be the best with talented players in the squad.