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Five former players who would have dominated the IPL

Pranay Gupta
ANALYST
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7.78K   //    22 Feb 2018, 13:50 IST

We often hear about players who are 'ahead of their times' and really revolutionize the way that the game is played in their era. It would be interesting to see which former players were so ahead of their times that they would have been able to be successful in T20 with the way they played in their era. This list looks at five such former players, who would have dominated the IPL had they played in this era. To be eligible for this list, a player must have played their final international match before 1st January, 2005.


#5 - Kapil Dev

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Almost undoubtedly India's greatest ever all-rounder, Kapil Dev would have been a force to be reckoned with in the IPL. In an era where 270 in 60 overs was a match winning total, he had a strike rate of 95 in ODIs. It was not as if he was just a tonker capable of playing the cameos, he could play the big innings as well. An example of this is his 175* against Zimbabwe at Tunbridge Wells in 1983, which remained the highest ODI score for India until 1999.

With regard to bowling, he is definitely the greatest fast bowler that India has produced and was one of the greatest bowlers of his era, taking 434 wickets in 131 tests and 253 wickets in 225 ODIs. Additionally, he was also a reliable fielder who took many a great catch, most memorably his catch running backwards to dismiss Viv Richards in the 1983 World Cup final. Seeing how the likes of Andre Russell and Dwayne Bravo have dominated the IPL, one can only imagine the impact that Kapil Dev would have had.


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