7 prominent cricketers who owe part of their success to IPL
Since its inception, the IPL has been touted as a platform where talent meets opportunity. In fact, this was the original idea behind the tournament. It was supposed to be a platform where young players get a chance to play alongside experienced veterans who can share their vast knowledge.
Over the years, the IPL has done just that. The popular T20 tournament has taken in raw players and turned them into world class cricketers. In this segment, let us take a look at seven prominent cricketers who took the international arena by storm after arriving into the limelight through strong performances in the IPL.
#7 Sunil Narine
Sunil Narine was practically an unknown commodity when he first debuted for the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2012. KKR purchased the Caribbean mystery off-spinner at the auction for a bargain price.
Though he was known in the shortest format of the game prior to his IPL debut, Narine didn’t really cement himself as one of the most dangerous spinners in the game until he started puzzling batsmen in a breakthrough IPL season.
Narine rose to prominence during the 2012 season by picking 24 wickets in 15 games at a stunning average of 13.50. He was also adjudged the player of the tournament. He followed up his exploits in 2012 with another splendid performance in 2013 where he picked 22 wickets in 16 games with an average of 15.90. He played a crucial role in helping the Knight Riders emerge as a force in the tournament.
Narine is the seventh highest wicket taker in the history of IPL. Over the years, he has managed to reinvent himself as a destructive opening batsman as well. He used the IPL as a springboard to enhance his skills and contribute to West Indies' stunning triumph in the 2012 World T20.