IPL Season 8 is here!!! After an almost two months long World Cup where we got to saw the host nations battling it out in the Finals, fatigue has set in most of the cricket enthusiasts. And this is not the first time IPL is being played right after a long series involving India. The tight international schedule does not give IPL organizers much option. However, by projecting IPL as an Indian Tyohaar and having a star studded opening ceremony, the organizers have left no stone unturned in their pursuit of creating a buzz around the tournament. Advertisers are pumping money into broadcaster’s kitty, just as they did in the previous years. In the previous edition, Multi Screen Media Pvt. Ltd had generated 850 Cr from Advertisement sales, which is expected to rise to 950 Cr this year. Also, the IPL auctions managed to capture enough headlines with Yuvraj grabbing a whooping 16 Cr from Delhi Daredevils. Other Indian players Dinesh Karthik and Zaheer Khan went for 10.5 Cr and 4 Cr respectively. The fact that in form New Zealanders like Kane Williamson and Trent Boult went only for 60 Lakhs and 3.8 Cr respectively in comparison to Indian capped players is difficult to digest. But then that is how the format is designed.
Glamor around IPL will be there because of money. Since money is involved top players are bound to get attracted. With them involved, a Nation of billons will always give them a crowd. So, IPL is here to stay. However, the question still remains, has or will IPL as a cricketing platform becomes a brewing ground for budding Indian cricketers? Here we list few Indian cricketers who showed a lot of promise in IPL but failed at the big stage.
Since the inception of IPL, Rohit Sharma has been one of the star performers in IPL. The fact that he is captaining Mumbai Indians shows the confidence shown by one of the richest team in the tournament. But Indian fans have not spared Rohit Sharma when it comes to criticizing him for his poor performance while playing for India. Innumerable times we have heard praises from cricket gurus about his talent and also about his lack of temperament required to play big innings, either in ODIs or in Tests. Is it fair to give someone as many chances as given to him merely on the basis of talent?
With his power full hitting ability and off-breaks, Yusuf was seen as a strong number 6 batsman all-rounder which India would have loved to have in their squad. Yusuf has played flew blistering innings in IPL, single handedly demolishing the opponents. He scored the second fastest hundred in IPL in 30 balls against Mumbai Indians. In the last IPL too he played a stunning innings against Sunrisers Hyderabad. However, for India in his last 10 ODIs he has managed to take just two wickets and has had a batting average of 11.6; not something you would expect from an all-rounder.
He made a strong debut for India as an opener in 2006 with three scores of above fifty against strong teams. His performance soon faded, leading to his ouster from Indian Team. He has played well in IPL though with 2014 seeing him as the Orange Cap holder. His IPL performance did get him a chance in the Indian Cricket Team but he disappointed with an average of 22 in his 5 innings in 2014.
There was a time when India had a fleet of left arm fast bowlers and R.P Singh was one of the leading contenders to be in the team. He had pace and swing good enough to make batsmen dodge even on Indian tracks. His poor performance in 2009 led to his ouster from the Indian team. He made a comeback in 2011 only to disappoint again with no rhythm in his bowling. However, his rhythm did click in during the IPL matches. He is one of the leading wicket takers in IPL.
An accurate leg-spinner is always an asset to the team. In Piyush Chawla India always tried to hunt that leg-spinner. However, his ODI stats shows that he hasn’t managed to make any impact at the international level. He was made part of the 2011 world cup squad based on his IPL performances. He failed to make any impact though.
Last but not the least on our list is, Sir Ravindra Jadeja who was looked as a possible replacement for unfit and out of form Yuvraj Singh. All though he has filled his position well as a bowler for the Indian team, he has failed to click with the bat time and again. His batting at number 7 was supposed to strengthen Indian batting order. However, neither has he managed to score runs quickly not act as a finisher in crucial games.
IPL was hailed as a platform, which would give Indian players the opportunity to rub shoulders with the bests in the world. But in a shorter format with batting friendly pitches, is it the right platform to judge players for ODIs and Test matches? Is IPL at par with international level matches? Will India be able to challenge Australia, England and South Africa at their home with players coming from IPL background? Or would we continue to just enjoy T20 platform and care less about international fixtures? The answers to these questions lie in whether players and BCCI value money or wins at International tournaments and Test series.