The Indian Premier League has pushed a lot of younger stars in the limelight, with the Indian stars being the biggest beneficiaries of the T20 league.
The amount of exposure and experience has helped players like Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah and Rishabh Pant to make a mark on the international stage. However, not all Indian stars have been as lucky and despite shining on the domestic circuit for a while, a few players have missed out from the IPL. Here are 5 Indian stars who have not yet played in the IPL but should be given a chance due to the talent they possess.
This bowler from Delhi has already made a name for himself owing to his ability to bowl over 140 km/h. In addition to being Delhi’s foremost wicket-taker in the 2017 edition of the Ranji Trophy, Saini also ended the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2018 with 16 wickets. Despite being bought by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for a whopping 3 crore in 2018, he did not play a single game. This year, it remains to be seen if the tables have turned in the Delhiite’s favor.
Gurbani came into the forefront with a phenomenal Ranji Season in 2017. He secured a hat-trick in the finals and helped his team achieve their first ever trophy of the tournament. Since then, he has continued to be a regular wicket-taker, with his speed and variations causing trouble frequently and with each delivery. The bowler has become a regular with India A, which further cements his chances of being in the IPL this year.
With a strike rate of 95.68 in List- A cricket, this South Indian batsman has continued to impress with every knock he delivers. His astounding ability to gather runs for his team whenever needed can be easily seen in his fabulous performances during the Ranji Trophy, the Vijay Hazare Trophy, and during his stint with India Green.
Saxena has been one of the most well-known domestic players for India in the last decade. The cricketer from Indore has not had luck with IPL, having warmed the benches for three years, for both Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Having won four awards by the BCCI in four years, the 32-year-old is quite popular in the domestic circuit and may be picked up by another team in 2019.
Known for his calm demeanor on the pitch, Lad has made a reputation for his remarkable ability to bail his team out from difficult situations. He is a trustworthy and reliable batsman, who can bat during any stage of the match. Bought by Mumbai Indians in 2015 and 2018, Lad still awaits an opportunity to prove his talent in the IPL platform.