5 Indian players who resurrected their international careers with the IPL
The Indian Premier League (IPL), ever since its inception in 2008, has provided umpteen opportunities for young players to prove their talent on the big stage and establish a name for them. There have been many players who have played for India due to good performances in the IPL. Names which immediately come to mind are Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.
On the other side of the coin, it also provides opportunities for players who haven't performed well for India thus far to stage a comeback. An impressive performance in the IPL surely catches the attention of the national selectors and over the last few years, we have seen many players stake a return to the Indian team thanks to the IPL.
The IPL is as important to these players as it is to the younger players. The players who have been dropped from the Indian team or have been performing poorly are under immense pressure, arguably more than the younger players.
Since 2008, we have witnessed countless changes and additions to the Indian cricket team and we take a look at 5 players who were playing for India, but weren't successful. They, however, used the IPL as a platform to stake a claim to the Indian team and revive their national careers.
Team: Chennai Super Kings
At the age of 28, Suresh Raina is finally a settled player in the Indian team. He is a regular and a key player for India in limited overs cricket and a reserve middle order batsman in Tests. Things weren’t so smooth for Raina after he made his debut for India in 2005 at the age of 20. He struggled to cement a place in the eleven and was widely seen as a backup player.
He wasn’t prolific and was not picked in the 2007 World Cup squad. He was on the verge of permanently losing his spot in the Indian team when he staged a miraculous comeback. He was brilliant for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the early editions of the IPL and that earned him a comeback to the Indian team on the weight of IPL performances and strong domestic performances for Uttar Pradesh.
He became a permanent fixture in limited overs cricket and later made his Test debut for India in 2010. He is the leading run-scorer in the IPL and recently became the first player to take part in 150 IPL games.
Team(s): Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Pune Warriors, Kolkata Knight Riders
The precocious talent of Robin Uthappa was never in doubt when he made his debut for India in 2006 in the last ODI of the series against England in Indore. He scored 86 in that game and won lots of praise for his style of play. He became a regular member of the limited overs squad and was part of the 2007 World Cup squad.
He was also a part of the victorious 2007 T20 squad and played an important role in the team, coming in at one drop. However, he had a very poor year in international cricket in 2008 and his inability to control his stroke play kept him out of the Indian team for a long time.
The Bangalorean had mostly average IPL seasons until 2014. He opened with Gautam Gambhir for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in 2014 and he was magnificent, winning the Orange Cap. He had an excellent domestic season as well and was rewarded with a place in the ODI squad for the tour to Bangladesh and the series against Sri Lanka.
He was in the list of probables for the 2015 World Cup and looks set to be a crucial member for India in limited overs cricket in the coming years.