The Indian Premier League, or IPL, is an excellent venue for young AND veteran players to show their skills. Every year, the IPL discovers a new budding talent, not only for India but also for the countries of the overseas players. Many cricketers have made it onto the national squad after thriving in the IPL. In recent years, Indian selectors have given greater weight to a player’s IPL success than other domestic performances. Here are ten of the numerous cricketers who took advantage of the opportunity and drew attention because of the IPL:-
10. R Ashwin
It’s strange to imagine that one of the best Test spinners in the world is also one of the best T20 domestic tournament finds. Ravichandran Ashwin had a decent first-class reputation and performance, but it wasn’t until the 2010 IPL that he received the recognition he deserved. He grabbed 13 wickets for Chennai in the season, with an economy rate of little over 6, which helped him earn a position in the national team.
9. Kuldeep Yadav
Mumbai bought the Indian “Chinaman” bowler in 2012, but he did not play a game. In 2014, he was traded to Kolkata Knight Riders, although it took another two years for him to make his IPL debut, in which he took six wickets in just three games. Kuldeep was called up to the national team in 2017 and made an early impact with four wickets in his maiden Test against Australia. Without a doubt, he is one of the best IPL finds.
8. Sunil Narine
Sunil Narine, one of cricket’s most devastating limited-overs spinners, shot to fame during his first IPL season in 2012. In his first season, he took 24 wickets in 15 matches at an excellent average of 13.50. For his outstanding efforts and contribution to the Kolkata Knight Riders’ victory in the tournament, he was also named “Player of the Tournament.”
7. R Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja, one of India’s spin duos, made his IPL debut with Rajasthan Royals in 2008 but failed to make an impression. He was a victim of criticism in the 2009 World T20 due to his performance. He got suspended from the IPL in 2010, and he also missed the 2011 World Cup. When Jadeja played for Chennai in the 2012 IPL, he turned the tables and took 12 wickets in 14 innings, including a five-wicket haul! He retained his place in the national squad and is now one of India’s most significant players.
6. Kieron Pollard
Despite earning his national T20 debut in 2008 and performing well, the West Indian hard-hitter could not secure his place in the side. Pollard’s skills as a lower-middle-order batsman were on display in the 2010 IPL, when he hit 273 runs at an explosive strike rate of 185.71 and took 15 wickets for Mumbai. Pollard was a regular and influential part of the West Indies after this season.
5. Yuzvendra Chahal
Another one of IPL’s hidden gems! The RCB’s star spinner singed initially with Mumbai but never got the chance to shine, but when he joined Bangalore in IPL 2014, he quickly established himself as one of their crucial bowlers. Chahal played 14 matches in 2014, taking 12 wickets with an economy rate of nearly 7. Since then, he has taken – 23, 21,14,12,18 and 21 wickets in each of the IPL seasons.
4. Shane Watson
In the opening season of the IPL in 2008, the heroic Australian batsman drew attention towards him. Watson was instrumental in Rajasthan’s victory in the cup, contributing both with his batting and bowling. Throughout the season, Watson scored 471 runs and picked up 17 wickets. As a result, the Australian selectors were impressed, and he got called up to the Test squad after being sidelined for two years.
3. Hardik Pandya
Pandya made his career out of his outstanding performances in the IPL, and he arose from his family’s difficult financial situation to become a global cricket sensation! It was in 2015 when Hardik finally got his breakthrough. The Mumbai Indians are known for putting their faith in young players, and Pandya more than lived up to their expectations with his performances. When Indian selectors were looking for an all-rounder, Pandya’s hard-hitting ability and strong bowling boosted his case, which increased his importance in the national squad.
2. Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah, the yorker specialist and current Indian leading fast bowler, made his IPL debut in 2013 and grabbed Virat Kohli’s wicket in his debut over! He was under the limelight almost immediately after finishing the match with an astounding 3-23. He continued to play effectively in the following two seasons, earning a spot in the Indian national squad as a replacement for Shami during the 2015-16 India tour of Australia. That is how India found one of their finest pacers.
1. Mohammed Siraj
Siraj had a fantastic start in the IPL when he made his debut in 2017 with Sun Risers Hyderabad, taking ten wickets in six matches. However, he had an expensive economy of 9.21, which has always been his main weakness, but it has significantly improved in recent years. RCB bought him in 2018, and the management gave him a lot of support. Siraj drew recognition in the 2020 season of the IPL after playing a vital role in Bangalore’s victories. With an economy of 8.68, he took 11 wickets in 9 games. His economic growth is evident, as he had his best IPL economy of 7.34 in the first half of 2021.