It has been more than a decade since the inception of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as we approach the 11th edition of the tournament starting on April 7.
Over these 10 years, the IPL has thrown up many talents who have gone to carve out successful careers at international level, especially for India.
Here, we take a look at four players who first made it big in BCCI’s T20 franchise competition.
Now established as India’s leading spinner in the Test format, Ashwin had first come to the limelight in the IPL. After playing a sole match for Chennai Super Kings in the second edition in 2009, Ashwin turned it on in style in the 2010 edition, bagging 13 wickets in 12 matches.
He then put on a show in the following Champion League T20 where he picked up another 12 wickets in just six matches. His performances made the Indian selectors take notice and very soon Ashwin was on the plane with the team for the Zimbabwe tour.
Since then, there has been no looking back for the off-spinner who now has 311 Test and 150 ODI wickets for India in a glittering career still going strong.
After vice-captaining India to the winner’s trophy in the 2008 ICC U19 World Cup, Jadeja made his maiden bow in the IPL with the Shane Warne led Rajasthan Royals.
He went wicketless in the inaugural edition as the Royals scripted a fairytale tournament win. However, his performances with the bat and on the field were enough for Warne to label Jadeja as the ‘superstar’.
Coupled with his impressive showing in the Ranji trophy, Jadeja was soon making his first appearance for the Men in Blue in an ODI series against Sri Lanka.
Now a veteran of 35 Tests and 136 ODIs, Jadeja has established himself as one of the leading spinners in world cricket, forming a lethal partnership with Ashwin.
The India leg-spinner has been around in the IPL sine 2011 though it took him four years to finally make his mark. A part of the Mumbai Indians between 2011 and 2013, Chahal played only one IPL match for the franchise before being bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2014.
Chahal finished as the highest-wicket taker for the Bangalore franchise for two seasons running with 23 and 21 wickets respectively in the 2015 and 2016 editions.
Those performances were enough to convince the Indian selectors to put him on the plane to Zimbabwe for his international debut in 2016. His partnership with Kuldeep Yadav has seen the pair replace Ashwin and Jadeja as India’s designated spinners in the limited-overs setup and they recently played a big part in the Men in Blue’s maiden ODI series win in South Africa.
The India all-rounder’s rise through international cricket has been nothing short of meteoric. He first caught the eye after smashing an unbeaten 61 off just 31 balls for Mumbai Indians against Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2015 edition. He also slammed a quick-fire 21 off just eight balls against Chennai Super Kings while claiming three catches in a man-of-the-match display.
Seeing his performances, Sachin Tendulkar said that Pandya will be playing for India within a year. The batting maestro was subsequently proved right when the Mumbai all-rounder was given his India debut in a T20I clash against Australia at Adelaide in January 2016.
Now capped at the Test level too, the future is looking even brighter for the 24-year-old Pandya.
The Indian board will create a database to log the work rate of players to keep them fresh for the grueling international circuit.
“Yes, the plan is there on the anvil. We want to create a database of 50 players. Of those 50 players, 27 are our centrally-contracted players and another 23 players will be added to the list. These 23 players will be short-listed during the Indian Premier League,” a senior BCCI office-bearer was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India.
One of the main purposes of the database is to reduce injuries and maintain a higher output leading up to the 2019 ICC World Cup.
“Starting from India’s tour of UK, the national team is going to have enormous amount of workload till 2019 World Cup in England. Those who are performing will have their workload monitored as well as the various parameters of their fitness levels checked. If they don’t attain required levels, they are not likely to be considered for India or India A teams. Physio Patrick Farhart will monitor them at the National Cricket Academy (NCA),” the official added.
India’s cricket calendar over the next year includes overseas tours of England and Australia along with a home series against the West Indies. Recently, India skipper Virat Kohli said growing demands of international cricket were taking a toll on the players’ bodies.
Many senior India players, including Kohli, were given a break from international cricket as a Rohit Sharma-led Men in Blue lifted the Nidahas T20I tri-series trophy in Sri Lanka.
Warner, 31, has been banned from international cricket for a year over a ball-tampering scandal during the recent third Test against South Africa in Cape Town.
Hales was signed for 10 million rupees ($153,700) from the available player pool for this year’s IPL, the Indian cricket board said in a statement.
A hard-hitting opener, Hales has scored 1,456 runs in Twenty20 internationals.
The 29-year-old is the only England batsman to score a century in T20 internationals and is seventh in the International Cricket Council’s batting rankings for the format.
Warner, the former Sunrisers captain, has been charged by Cricket Australia with developing the ball-tampering plot and telling teammate Cameron Bancroft to carry it out during the Cape Town Test.
In a tearful apology Saturday, Warner said he had resigned himself to the fact that he may not play for Australia again.
The Sunrisers have named New Zealand’s Kane Williamson as their skipper after Warner stepped down. The Australian opener, along with former captain Steve Smith, was later banned by the IPL from playing this year in the cash-rich T20 tournament.
The Hyderabad side winners of the 2016 IPL host the Rajasthan Royals in their opening match on April 9, two days after the tournament starts.