In just a period of three months, the fans have watched three ICC titles. Starting from the under 19 world cup to the T20 world cup. West Indies team was successful in taking all the titles with them to their home.
Now it’s time for the festival of Indian cricket “IPL” which can be called as the last leg of Indian domestic season. For the next 45 days, we will witness joy, happiness, success and failures which will entertain us. It’s a carnival where cricketer’s from almost each country first draw mouth-watering contracts and then feels the pressure to perform according to the “Price Tag”. Few players are able to do justice with their ‘Cost Price’ but some gets buried under the pressure. The player who is able to manage the pressure comes out as the winner in the end.
IPL aids players to make comebacks or to find a place in the national squad. It is a boon not for only Indian players but also for players from other countries too as some of the unknown commodities have been able to make a name for them. For Example Kevon Cooper, Sunil Narine etc. Some are able to find the hidden talent in themselves. For example Shane Warne who never captained his national team, successfully led Rajasthan Royals team and won the inaugural edition of the IPL.
Chris Gayle who always had a personality to hit big sharpened his hitting skills in IPL only as IPL gave him a second chance in his life.
Talking of Indian players; there are many who have been able to find a place or make a comeback in the national squad. Talking about finding a place in national squad Manpreet Gony is the first person in the list followed by Sudeep Tyagi, Rahul Sharma, Parwinder Awana, Mohit Sharma, Karn Sharma, Axar Patel and the latest entrance in the national team Hardik Pandya. All have been able to make into Indian team riding on a good performance in IPL.
Talking of comebacks, Suresh Raina and Ashish Nehra are the life examples. Nehra only plays IPL as we hardly we see him playing in the domestic matches.
IPL is the barometer for the Indian selectors to check whether a player is good enough to play for India or not. If a player is able to few sixes and gets some wickets, he is fast tracked to play for India and within a year or so we see the same player making it difficult to make a cut in his state team.
Players who are not able to get a buyer in IPL market have to wait for another six months for a start on another domestic season. Many great players who did not play IPL retired in the domestic domain only without receiving any limelight or fame. Sitanshu Kotak, Amol Muzumdar, Devendra Bundela are few examples. Krishna Das, the second highest wicket taker in this Ranji Trophy can be one of them in upcoming years as he could not find a buyer for himself and to wait 6 months more for another domestic season. Still, performance in the domestic season will not give him an Indian ticket as he has to perform in IPL according to the mindset of our selectors. BCCI have to find a solution for this and have to give equal opportunities to domestic crickets too.
Coming back to this year’s IPL, it will be a delight to watch as some new talents will glorify the event. Youngsters Rishab Pant, Nathu Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Armaan Jaffer, Ishan Kishan and many other players are all set for IPL challenge and are waiting for their opportunity. Nathu Singh is one of strongest contender among these players who may play for India within 3-4 months.