- IPL has allowed talented players to exhibit their skills on the biggest stage. Many have fast-tracked their national team debut based on noteworthy IPL performances.
- Check out the top 5 uncapped Indian players in the league who are likely to make their case strong and stay in contention to make the national team debut.
The Indian Premier League has been an ideal platform for budding players to showcase their craft. It is the pinnacle of T20 leagues where players from all around the world look forward to being a part of the action. Apart from the exposure, the premier domestic tournament enables players to experience stardom by showcasing their skill set.
Not only will they make big bucks and enjoy admiration from fans but also stand a chance to represent the national team. It goes without saying that the performance in the IPL will give an edge to the players when compared to other domestic leagues. In the years gone by, we have seen IPL stars make their way into the national team. While some have faded, few have cemented their spot.
As expected, IPL 2020 has also produced some food for thought for the selectors. The tournament being played in the UAE can be a turning point for some players. Here are 6 uncapped Indian players who are knocking on the doors of the national team.
It’s an obvious choice, isn’t it? Thanks to his amazing performances, it looked like the selection of Suryakumar Yadav for the upcoming Australia tour was a mere formality. However, his exclusion from the final list shocked many. Most of the experts believed that he should have been a part of the squad on the back of his brilliant form.
In fact, he has been in the reckoning for a while now with his consistent run of form. The call for his inclusion further intensified after his match-winning knock against the RCB. He clearly dictated the match and demolished the bowling attack of Kohli’s side.
His fearless cricket was partnered with his attitude when he stood strong when Virat Kohli tried to sledge him. It was an inning that left selectors scratching their heads. With an average of 40.22 and a strike rate of 150 plus (in IPL 2020), we can expect to see him in the Indian team sooner rather than later.
This man literally forced himself into the playing 11 of RCB with his solid domestic performance for Karnataka. The fact that he made his debut in IPL 2020 despite being a part of the franchise in the previous year is a testimony to his current form.
He wasted no time in grabbing his opportunity and announced his arrival with a stylish half-century against SRH in the season opener for Bangalore based franchise. He is slowly developing into one of the pillars of the batting line-up that already boasts the likes of Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers.
Paddikal has addressed RCB’s opening woes with his sensible and crucial knocks throughout the season. Some of his shots are so delightfully good that he reminds many of Yuvraj Singh. However, a self-confessed fan of Gautham Gambhir, Paddikal can take a cue from his idol and fight for his place in the national team by performing when it matters.
Ishan Kishan has had a breakthrough season after being in the shadows of bigger stars in the Mumbai Indians squad. The former India U-19 captain made everyone take note of him with the quick-fire innings of 99 against RCB. Despite being unable to take his side home, he was lauded for his attacking style of play under pressure.
He continued his good run with useful contributions to cement his place in the star-studded lineup. The left-hander subsequently elevated his presence by stepping up as an opener in the absence of skipper Rohit Sharma. Mumbai Indians dodged a bullet by promoting Ishan Kishan to the opening spot.
Along with Quinton de Kock, he has stitched crucial partnerships upfront. It is safe to say that he has put himself on par with his competitor Rishabh Pant, who is often criticized for his inconsistency and throwing away his wicket. The fact that he can also keep wickets may force selectors to try him ahead of Pant based on the current form.
Varun Chakravarthy’s story is indeed a fairy tale. An architect who only took the game seriously a few years back has already been called to the National team. Most of the experts were surprised to see his name appear in the list of the Indian team that will play Down Under.
They even criticized his selection and highlighted that he was included after his match-turning five-wicket haul against Delhi Capitals. True, you cannot select a player based on a single match. But if we care enough to look deeper, then it is clear that he has been troubling batsmen throughout the tournament.
Of course, it’s a gamble. A gamble worth taking based on his abilities to fox batsmen. Maybe he could learn a thing or two from his KKR teammate Sunil Narine to upgrade his game when batsmen read him. Let’s hope he keeps the mystery going and not be another Ajantha Mendis. Remember, Mendis? The man who rattled the famous Indian batting line up before losing his way!!
This can be a surprise inclusion in the list to a few fans. We must however not forget the fact that he was pushing it hard after the previous year’s performance in the IPL. Unfortunately, he has been deprived of a regular playing team this team around.
Being a strong contender, he was expected to be one of the main bowlers. KKR was happy with him for putting up a good show previously for KKR, especially in the death overs. The emergence of Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi has resulted in limited game time for Prasidh. On the bright side, he has again proved with his performance at crucial junctures of the game.
For instance, just recollect the match against KXIP and the wicket of well-settled Rahul. The crucial over of Prasidh Krishna and the wicket of Rahul completely changed the match and KKR eventually snatched the game from the jaws of defeat. With more confidence and playing time, he can be an excellent addition to the national team at some point.
As we end the list, let us wish the best for the players and hope deserving players get their due. Apart from the list, there are plenty of other players who may come to the forefront by unlocking their potential. Let us know your thoughts and share with us the names of players who you believe are close to making their debut.