Do international players take undue advantage of the opportunity to play in the IPL?

The Indian Premier League or the IPL as we all know- is a professional T20 league, contested by 8 teams based out of 8 different Indian cities. This franchise-based T20 League has been the best in the world because of the inclusion of some of the world’s best players of the game.

IPL from its initial days has always been a hot topic in the cricketing world. Apart from molding domestic Indian players into International Cricketers, this league has been a stage for a lot of foreign players who after playing in IPL got call-ups from their international teams.

SHARING THE SAME DRESSING ROOM & NETS

We have seen an increase in the level of the competition given by international players after the introduction of IPL.

  • All players share the same dressing room & practice in the nets during the IPL. This allows the international players to know the weaknesses and the strengths of the Indian players of their teams which they can often exploit in international games.
  • Foreign players are exposed to Indian conditions for around two months especially during the extreme conditions in April and May. The number of batsmen playing spin well is increasing. (Turning pitches are also increasing so overall the spin playing ability of foreigners isn’t seen evidently in Test cricket).
  • Also, the home advantage which Team India used to have before is no more an advantage now. Most international players play in different franchises and have now adapted to the Indian conditions. On the other hand, Indian players do not play franchise cricket in any other country which proves to be a setback.
  • Net Practices are a place where everyone works on their weaknesses as well as their strengths, in this way a lot of experienced foreign players tend to take advantage of this in international matches.

To look at it in a positive way, these experienced foreign players who are one the best in the business bring a lot of things from which young Indians can learn. We have seen some uncapped Indians perform tremendously in IPL because of the guidance and experience they get from the international campaigners.

Basis of Selection

GLENN MAXWELL

This big – hitter from Australia made his IPL debut in 2012 for the Delhi Daredevils, it was later that year; he was called up to the Australian ODI team to make his International Debut. Today he is one of the most explosive batsmen in the world.

AARON FINCH

Another amazing striker of the ball from Australia, the current Captain of Australia in the white-ball formats made his debut for the RAJASTHAN ROYALS back in 2010. Later in 2011, Finch received his maiden T20 call up into the Australian T20 side

JOFRA ARCHER

Making his IPL debut in 2018 for the RAJASTHAN ROYALS, this English fast bowler very quickly left his mark in the cricketing world. Archer became popular for his skills to bowl continuous Yorkers & the amazing speed variation. He made his International Debut in 2019 & also made his way into the CHAMPION squad of the WORLD CUP 2019.

SHAUN MARSH

Known as Geoff Marsh’s son before his dream debut in the inaugural edition of the IPL for the Kings of Punjab, this explosive left-hander grabbed the opportunity to make his father proud & represent his country. Shaun achieved tremendous success both in IPL and in international cricket

SUNIL NARINE

This mystery spinner, caught the West Indian selectors’ attention when he made his IPL debut in 2012 for the Kolkata Knight Riders. He broke a lot of records like bowling a maiden super over, etc.

ANDRE RUSSELL

This West-Indian beast made his debut in the 4thEdition od the IPL for the Delhi Daredevils. His all-round ability to bowl in the death and to hit huge sixes at any given point of time earned him a place in the West Indian T20 side in 2012..

All these International Players and many more have learnt a play playing in the IPL and have made huge impacts against the Indian team at the international level.


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