The 11th edition of the Indian premier league has just come to a close and the lucrative league has seen its fair share of ups and downs, spot-fixing scandals, records being broken, last-minute venue shifts and most importantly a platform for the lesser-known domestic talent. 

The IPL trophy has a Quote in Sanskrit engraved on it “Yatra Pratibha Avsara Prapnotihi” which means “where talent meets opportunity”, This is the essence of the IPL, it celebrates talent and the IPL has immensely contributed to the growth of Indian cricket. 

So with the likes of Suryakumar Yadav and Nitish Rana intriguing Indian Selectors after their performances, let’s have a look at 5 players (in no specific order)  who have benefitted from the IPL in the past and used it as an audition to earn an India cap.

    1. Jasprit Bumrah

Bumrah along with Bhuvaneshwar Kumar is India’s frontline fast bowler and troubles batsman in all three formats. He has a very unorthodox action that takes people by surprise and also possesses a lethal yorker, Bumrah credits a lot of his success to Former MI bowler and Present coach Lasith Malinga, “I share a good relationship with him. In 2013, when I came into the MI team straight from the Under-19 set-up, he himself came up to me and taught me many things. Earlier, I didn’t know how to bowl an outswinger. He taught me how to do it. He gave me the confidence that even though I have a different action, that doesn’t mean it won’t work.” 

Its safe to say that Bumrah is one of the biggest finds of the IPL and Indian Cricket!

2.  Axar Patel

The left-handed all-rounder from Gujarat has been one of the mainstays in the constantly evolving Kings XI Punjab, Axar was one of Kings XI Punjab’s best player in 2014 IPL Season and played a key role in taking them to the Final that year. Post his exploits in the IPL Axar broke into the Indian Cricket team and 12 Months later found himself in India’s World Cup Suad.

Axar has been in and out of the Indian squad in 2018, but with his useful left-arm spin and his ability as a pinch hitter, he may find himself back in the Indian squad.

3. Hardik Pandya 

Undoubtedly India’s best fast bowling all-rounder, Pandya started off with his current team, Mumbai Indians and has been an integral part of the Franchise. His humble beginnings have been a source of Inspiration for cricketers everywhere, “I have struggled for three years. We used to save Rs 5 and Rs 10. I still remember in IPL, we got around Rs 70 thousand and we thought we would survive on it for some time. Because we were struggling for almost three years then. We had not paid EMI for two years. We were smart, we used to hide our car. We didn’t want the car to go. Everything we earned in those three years was supposed to be saved for the car rather than having something new for us or buying something. It was just car’s EMI and food that mattered to us at that time,” 

Pandya is a regular in all three formats for India and certainly has his early days in the IPL to thank for his success.

4. Ravichandran Ashwin

The ‘Test’ specialist has played 57 Tests, 111 ODIs, and 46 T20 Internationals. He is in some sense a veteran when it comes to Indian spinners and holds the record for the fastest Indian to 50, 100, 150, 200, 250 and 300 Test wickets. Ashwin got a national call-up courtesy of good performances for CSK in the IPL and the Champions League T20 (Now canceled), he played a key role in the ODI, T20 and Test setup for India but in recent years has been a regular only in the Test side.

Ashwin is renowned to have an amazing cricketing brain and was CSK’s frontline spinner for many seasons before being picked up by Kings XI Punjab in this year’s auction and even went on to Captain the side. It may be the end for Ashwin in the shorter formats but he’s a veteran of Indian Test Cricket and has the IPL to thank for his initial recognition.

5. Yuzvendra Chahal

Chahal is India’s frontline spinner in the shorter formats and has had a terrific international season and spun a web around all the International sides India played. Chahal started his IPL career at Mumbai Indians but only played one game in the IPL and was released by the franchise ahead of the 2014 Season, Chahal was eventually picked up by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for his base price of 10 Lakhs.

Chahal has gone on to become RCB’s highest wicket-taker, with 82 scalps and his exploits for RCB have certainly aided his ability to perform at the International level.  

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