Monty Panesar, former England spinner believes that the Indian Premier League has played a key role in the development of young cricketers who were essential to Team India’s performance in Australia.
Indian team have just returned from their historic win in Australia and former England spinner Monty Panesar believes that playing in the Indian Premier League has helped in the development of youngsters like Shubman Gill and Mohammed Siraj who were essential to Team India’s performance Down Under.
Monty Panesar : Likes Of Shubman Gill Has Adapted To International Cricket With Help Of IPL
Monty Panesar went on to add that some of the youngsters like Shubman Gill and Mohammed Siraj have come through the IPL channel and said that Team India have benefitted greatly from the T20 tournament.
“I think in England people thought that India will always be competitive. And to be honest, this all starts back, goes back to the IPL in particular. Every team had a youngster coming through between the age of 18, 19 or 20.”
“There was a question mark, some people were thinking, well, has Shubman Gill played enough first-class cricket. He has only scored 500 first-class runs and hit one century. But the way he is able to adapt, the way he is able to take on international pressure, there is a lot to say about the IPL that young players are now adapting to the level of international standards that is required.”
Shubman Gill plays for Kolkata Knight Riders since debuting in 2018 and has scored 939 runs in 41 matches averaging 33.53. He scored 440 runs in 14 IPL games in 2020. He scored 259 runs in 3 Tests averaging 51.8 debuting against Australia at Melbourne.
Monty Panesar: Mohammed Siraj Was Actually Moving The Ball Far More Than Australian Pacers
Mohammed Siraj excelled in IPL 2020 in limited opportunities by picking 11 wickets in 9 games averaging 21.45. He was a surprise inclusion in Test squad but he justified selectors faith as he emerged as 3rd highest wicket-taker with 13 scalps in 3 Tests averaging 29.54 and he even spearheaded Test bowling attack in 4th Test.
“He was particularly one of them, Mohammed Siraj was another, he was actually moving the ball far more than the Australian bowlers. You know these Australian bowlers, their record after 30 Test matches was similar to Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee, Jason Gillespie. But I think people are beginning to forget which team was moving the ball more, which team was getting more movement off the pitch,” Panesar said on Sports Today.
Monty Panesar also went on to add that he was happy to see players doing well in the IPL as excellent performances see them being selected for the Test team and said that India is at its strongest right now because they have opened different avenues of player selection for the team.
“Indian cricket is at its strongest and is probably the first nation that is beginning to think that, right, if we have had a successful IPL campaign you can go straight into the Test team. Why can’t Australia do that, have some of their Big Bash players and go straight into it (Test team).”
“That myth of scoring heavy Ranji trophy runs and taking a lot of wickets. There is a place for that, with the like of Pujara and Hanuma Vihari, but now there is a second source of selection also taking place,” he added.
Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari don’t get many chances in IPL which is a T20 tournament for they are Test specialists. Other players like Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur and T Natarajan played in Test series after their excellent and consistent performances in IPL as many Indian players were out with injury especially during the 4th Test but the bench showed their strength by delivering their best.