Over the years IPL has acted as a stepping stone to success for many young players from India and abroad. From Yusuf Pathan in season 1 to Siddarth Kaul in recent years the list is pretty long. 

At the same time, IPL has also provided the opportunity to many established but fading stars to give another shot at redemption and get back their spot in the national team. Ashish Nehra was a prime example of that. This year also, there are few stars who have put up their name for the auction hoping to be picked by one of the teams to showcase their skill one last time in IPL and if possible for the national team.

Dale Steyn

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Dale Steyn is one of the greatest fast bowlers in the last 25 years who had many memorable performances for South Africa and was their biggest match winner during his heydays. But in recent times his career moved downwards driven by all the various injuries he got. It resulted in him for long absence for Steyn from international cricket. However, Steyn is now fit and will make a comeback for the Proteas in the test series against Pakistan. In the recently completed Mzansi Super League, Steyn finished with 12 wickets and was a key reason for his team Cape Town Blitz’s second position finish. Steyn played for four different IPL teams earlier and will hope to be picked by one of the teams to keep his match fitness before the all-important World Cup.

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Irfan Pathan

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Irfan Pathan announced himself in the world cricket in India’s tour of Australia in 2003-04 with his magical swing bowling. For the next 2-3 years, he looked like a world beater but his form dipped dramatically and by the time IPL started in 2008, his position in the national squad was not guaranteed. However, for first few years he was a hot commodity in IPL auction and contributed significantly for Delhi Daredevils who brought him for USD 1.9 million in 2011. But he did not manage to establish himself for any of the teams he represented in recent years. At the current stage with the current bowling options for India, it will be very difficult for him to come back to the national squad. However, Pathan will look to give his all for another comeback to the national squad if gets selected in the auction.

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Yuvraj Singh

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One of the greatest limited overs batsmen to play for India, Yuvraj Singh has the honor of being one of the costliest buys in IPL auction. He was also the icon player for Kings XI Punjab in the first season of IPL who again brought him in 2018 for his base price of 2 Crore. However, Yuvraj could only score 65 runs in 8 matches and was released by the Kings at the end of the season. He will hope to be picked by one of the teams to prove his metal one more time to his fans and more than that to himself. Yuvraj is in decent form in the ongoing Ranji Trophy and should contribute with his experience if gets selected.

Robin Uthappa

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Robin Uthappa is in the 5th position in the all-time run scorer list in IPL and will definitely overtake Gautam Gambhir to get the 4th position. He has scored more than 350 runs in last seven season of IPL with his monumental effort in 2014 when he scored 660 runs and was the main architect for KKR’s second IPL title. However, his last chance to play in blue jersey came more than two and half years ago in 2015. With his sharp fielding and big hitting capability, Uthappa will hope to represent the nation at least in the shortest format once again. And he will try to make a strong case for him by playing a senior’s role to guide the youngsters like Nitish Rana and Shubhman Gill towards success for their team and themselves.

James Faulkner

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Like Irfan Pathan in 2007 T20 World Cup final, James Faulkner was also Man of the match in 2015 50-over World Cup final but currently out of the reckoning for a spot in the Australian national team. Primarily a bowling all-rounder Faulkner has a strike rate above 100 in all 3 formats of the game and can boast of a 73-ball 116 as his highest ODI score. In IPL he was a prominent player for Rajasthan Royals and Gujarat Lions and has quite a few blistering innings as well as a tight spell in the death. He did not find a suitor in the last auction but will hope for a bidder this time. A good run in IPL will definitely increase Faulkner’s chance to get back into the national colors.

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