We Pick Players From IPL Only For T20 Format – MSK Prasad
The cash-rich IPL tournament started in 2008. Since then, this tournament is running successfully, and now the tournament organisers are set to begin its 12th edition.
The tournament just hasn’t brought the top Indian T20I cricketers; it has also brought the top Indian cricketers for every format. All-rounder Hardik Pandya and pacer Jasprit Bumrah are the strong examples of this. Both grabbed the spotlight from IPL but achieved success in every cricket format. Experts believe Hardik Pandya is the world-class all-rounder. Meanwhile, the top-ranked ODI bowler Jasprit Bumrah is one of the best pacers in world cricket.
Even some experts and senior cricketers have recently claimed that the IPL performances are significant for the selection of the Indian national cricket team.
IPL only for T20 format
However, the chief selector MSK Prasad has different views on it. He claimed that the IPL just brought out the T20I cricketers. He also added that the successful T20I cricketers could look forward to the ODI format.
MSK Prasad told Cricbuzz in an interview, “Well, IPL is a premier Indian tournament that has the best players playing from across the world. The fierce competition that this tournament offers is phenomenal. Players performing consistently will definitely catch the eye. Having said that, we pick players from IPL only for T20 format and from there on to ODIs, if they are living up to the expected standards.”
It’s all about how the players adapt to the demands
MSK Prasad further added that the IPL players have to learn the tricks to adjust the different formats. The players, who can learn it, can move to the other cricket formats.
“After being picked from the IPL, it’s up to the players on how keen they are in learning the tricks of the trade that different formats of the game offer. If they learn to adapt, then they can play any format.”
MSK Prasad compared it with the old days’ system in Indian cricket when the successful Ranji Trophy players got noticed by the selectors. The former Indian wicketkeeper-batsman added that the players’ adaption abilities were the key to earn the call-up in other formats.
He said, “It is very similar to the days gone by where players who used to perform exceedingly well in Ranji got noticed by the selectors. And when they were thrown into the other formats, they used to excel too. Once noticed and recognized in one format, it’s all about how the players adapt to the demands of the other formats of the game.”
At present, there are a few Test players who have hardly seen the IPL career success, but that’s not a bar for their Test opportunities. Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Mayank Agarwal etc. are some of those names. Though the IPL is the biggest cricket tournament in India, it hasn’t destroyed the importance of Ranji Trophy.
However, every cricketer is now focusing the IPL 2019 while the 2018/19 Ranji Trophy is in the final round. The IPL 2019 will begin in the late March.
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