The IPL is a phenomenon that is so huge in magnitude that it’s impossible to ignore it and although there are still naysayers that express their disenchantment with tournament, one cannot deny that the pros far outweigh the cons. Not only has Indian cricket benefitted from the league, but other countries have also reaped its rewards.
When it comes to India, there are many players who cane through the IPL route and served the country with distinction. The IPL has played a pivotal role in shooting these players to instant limelight and opened the door for their International career. It is equally important to understand that the IPL is not solely responsible for their development as cricketers, due to the very robust domestic structure prevalent in India. Having said that, IPL can be credited for giving them the all important push that made them global superstars in the sport adored by most of the countrymen.
Here are 5 Indian superstars who owe a lot to the IPL in their journey as cricketers;
1) Ravindra Jadeja – Jadeja was part of the Indian U-19 teams in the 2006 and the 2008 World Cup. He played his part in the 2008 victory in Malaysia under Kohli but nothing sensational that put him in the national reckoning like his captain. It was only a great showing in the inaugural season of the IPL, coupled with abundant praise from Shane Warne, that Ravindrasinh Jadeja shot to limelight and subsequently became an India player.
2) Ravichandran Ashwin – Ashwin was already an experienced domestic cricketer before he shot to fame playing for the Chennai Super Kings. He was a consistent domestic performer no doubt,but never quite managed to break the India door before his heroics in the IPL.
3) Jasprit Bumrah – Bumrah has is the perfect IPL story. His rise is probably the swiftest and according Virat Kohli he’s the most skilled bowler in the world across formats currently. One can only thank the Mumbai Indian scouts for discovering this phenomenal talent. His journey from a bowler with a weird action, to the best in the world is largely thanks to the cash rich league.
4) Hardik Pandya – Talking about the Mumbai Indians’ scouts, another precocious talent unearthed by them has to be Hardik Pandya. Pandya, who self-admittedly was nowhere in the national reckoning before his breakthrough in the IPL, is the perfect advertisement for the good that the league can do. Hardik Pandya perfectly symbolises the motto of the IPL, ‘Where talent meets opportunity’.
5) Yuzvendra Chahal – Another one who made his breakthrough while playing for the Mumbai Indians. Yuzvendra Chahal was first noticed by the Indian masses in the Champions Leauge T20 where he helped the Mukesh Ambani owned franchise to a victory. Chahal now is a vital cog in the Indian white ball wheel and has consistently been a thorn in the opposition flesh.
IPL success stories are not limited to these 5 as there are various other players like Deepak Chahar who amongst other things has his stint with CSK to thank for his India debut. And one doesn’t think that it would be clairvoyant to assume that there will be many such stories in the future too.