The introduction of the Indian Premier League has indeed had a lot of effect in cricket. This holds true to not just Indian players but also international players taking part in the IPL. Although every player did get a career boost, here are a few of them who have gotten more in terms of recognition and a major boost in their career as a cricketer.
Ravindra Jadeja began his domestic career playing for Saurashtra and later joined the Rajasthan Royals in the first season of the IPL. After being trained by Shane Warne in a very short period of time, the all-rounder grew as a cricketer in IPL as well as the domestic scene. He was later picked by CSK where he was given the opportunity to flaunt his batting as we as his bowling skills. Playing alongside the likes of Dhoni, he made his debut for India.
Sunil Narine, known as the spin king, came into the limelight in a similar fashion as Pollard playing for Trinidad and Tobago in the Champions League 2011. Noticing this, KKR decided to bid on the talented spinner at the auction in 2012, eventually becoming the then captain, Gautam Gambhir’s go-to man. When KKR won the tournament that year, he had 24 wickets to his name and went on to win the player of the tournament. Following his IPL debut, Sunil Narine became the reason for West Indies’ World T20 win later in 2012.
The former captain of Kings XI Punjab, David Miller was at first signed as a replacement in 2011 and had only limited opportunities in the South African squad up till then. But things changed in 2013, when Miller scored 101-off-31, followed by some more memorable run chases and paid off KXIP’s cost of retaining him. Continuing his pinch-hitting the year after along with Glenn Maxwell, the pair became one of the furious duos of the tournament. The IPL acted as a tremendous push for Miller’s international career and now he is a full time international in the South African squad.
Former Rajasthan Royals’ top player Shane Watson has witnessed many ups and downs during his seven seasons of IPL. He faced a few injuries during his international career but made a comeback with IPL as a man with fantastic abilities. Playing in the IPL he put his finishing moves, both with bat and ball, on complete display for Oz team selectors. His innings of scoring a hundred against Chennai Super Kings is one most memorable. His IPL exploits have earned him a permanent place in RCB this time.
Hardik Pandya managed to score an 82 off 57 balls while playing for Baroda in the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament at Wankhede while facing the likes of Zaheer Khan and Pravin Tambe. John Wright chose Pandya, and he was purchased by Mumbai Indians in 2015. Mentored by people like Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar, Hardik flourished and went out to play winning knocks for the MI side. In 2016 he was included in India’s T20 squad for the Asia Cup and World Cup.
James Faulkner made his IPL debut with Pune Warriors India in 2011. He didn’t get much chance to perform and was later sold out to Rajasthan Royals. He finished IPL 2013 as the highest wicket-taker picking up 28 wickets. His IPL performance earned him a call from the Australian ODI side in 2013 and ever since he has been a regular in the Oz team.
The Indian Premier League sure did benefit all these players to make a debut in an international platform. it raised their popularity and gained them access to the road leading to success.