Every action has a reaction. For every glass half-empty there must be one half-full, clouds and silver linings, and so on. As the IPL (Indian Premier League) juggernaut staggers towards its protracted end, fewer and fewer players have the incentive of actually winning it and the games become a metaphorical slog as well as an actual one.

There is a perception that the Indian players are immune to the length of the tournament, the travel, training and exhausting logistics. It’s an absurd notion, like saying they don’t feel the heat in the same way as the overseas players when it’s 40°C. It was writ large on the face of Shubman Gill, captain of the struggling Gujarat Titans, after another defeat: “It is such a long tournament but we must keep going...”..

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