IPL took a toll on players

Former skipper Dilip Vengsarkar on Wednesday blamed the fatigue caused by the hectic Indian Premier League (IPL) for the Indian team`s unceremonious exit from the Twenty20 World Cup in the West Indies.

The ex-chief selector felt it was very difficult for the squad to maintain the intensity with which the members had played for six weeks in the IPL that preceded the World Cup.

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"I guess the Indian players looked jaded and tired as the high pressure, high intensity Indian Premier League has taken its toll on them mentally and physically. It was very difficult for them to play with the same intensity in the tournament of such a magnitude," Vengsarkar told reporters.

Dhoni and his team was sent packing from the tournament which they had won in superb style in 2007 in South Africa.

The Indian team lost all its Super Eight ties successively to Australia, hosts West Indies and Sri Lanka - to make an early exit from the tournament.

Last year too it suffered a similar fate in the event held in England soon after the conclusion of the IPL in South Africa.

(With PTI inputs)