While the BCCI had become a wealthy board before the IPL itself, the IPL took the organization and the country to newer heights. The IPL teams became major brands and players became world-known personalities. The tournament has helped create stories of rags to riches with relatively unknown players bagging massive contracts who have then gone to make a big name for themselves.
Not just that, the IPL has become so important that the Indian selectors sometimes value performances in the event more than even the other tournaments in the Indian domestic cricket calendar like the Ranji Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Consistent performances in one or two seasons in the IPL have ensured that talented cricketers have caught the eye of the national selectors quickly. Uncapped players have either got their first chance to play international cricket due to their performances in the IPL. Here is a list of some players who made it to the Indian cricket team on the back of some stellar performances in the IPL.
The deadly pacer from Gujarat is proving to be havoc for the finest of batsmen around the world for years now. Being a consistent performer in the domestic circuit, Bumrah has proven to be a big menace for batsmen globally. It was John Wright whose eyes were stuck on the young sensation in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy, and this is how he broke into the Mumbai squad in 2013.
However, he didn’t feature regularly from Mumbai’s side in his debut year but eventually became an integral part of it. He was away from the game in 2014-15 owing to his injury but came back with a bang. Since 2016, he became the permanent face and leader of pace attacks for Mumbai and clinched 15 wickets in the season. Having played a total of 77 IPL matches, he has 82 wickets to his credit with an economy of 7.56
He broke into the Indian squad in 2016 while being on tour to Australia as a replacement for Mohammed Shami. Since then, there has been no turning back, and the 26-year-old now stands to be one of the biggest troubles even for the best of batsmen. He has 68 Test, 104 ODI, and 59 T20I wickets to his credit. The young man is currently at the second position in ICC ODI bowler rankings.
Ravichandran Ashwin was in the South Zone and he made decent progress in the domestic circuit. However, when he was picked for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL, his career changed. Ashwin was the highest wicket-taker of the 2010 Champions League Twenty20 tournament for Chennai Super Kings with 13 wickets and was adjudged as the player of the tournament. He made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka on 5 June 2010, scoring a 32–ball 38 and taking 2/50 in that match which India lost to crash out of the tri-series.
His T20I debut came a week later, against Zimbabwe at Harare where he took 1/22 in four overs in an Indian win. Ashwin is now the fastest Indian bowler (also in some records the joint-fastest in the world) to reach the 50-, 100-, 150-, 200-, 250-, 300- and 350-wicket mark in Test cricket in terms of the number of innings. In 2016, he became the third Indian to win the ICC Cricketer of the Year award.
One half of India’s Test spin combo, Ravindra Jadeja has become a pretty popular cricketer due to his all-round skillset. The left-arm spinner first burst onto the limelight as part of the India U-19 team as they won the World Cup in 2008.
However, it was the IPL which moulded Jadeja into the star that he is now. Sweetly nicknamed as the ‘Rockstar’ by legendary spinner and erstwhile Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Warner, Jadeja impressed one and all with his accurate spin bowling, world-class fielding and energy on the field.
His time at the Rajasthan Royals ended with mixed returns as he was banned for the 2010 edition of the IPL. At the same time, Jadeja was criticized for his poor performances for the national team with the 2009 World T20 tourney being the most targeted one.
No one could have predicted that period was going to turn around Jadeja’s career in the most remarkable manner. While he did miss the 2011 World Cup, some impressive performances for Chennai Super Kings and also for Saurashtra in domestic cricket brought Jadeja back in the reckoning at the international level. In 14 innings in the 2012 IPL season, Jadeja took 12 wickets and this also included a five wicket haul.
The 30-year-old is still a valued cricketer for both India and Chennai Super Kings due to his continued improvement with both bat and ball.
The stunning all-rounder has now become an integral part of the Indian squad. After playing a vital role in winning the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy for the Baroda team in the 2013-14 season, he broke into the Mumbai Indians squad in the year 2015.
Having capacity with both bat and ball made him a vital cog for the franchise. In his debut season only, he caught hold of all the limelight by producing a quickfire 21 runs from just eight balls. In 66 IPL matches, he has 1068 runs and 42 scalps to his credit. Entering with a base price of Rs 10 lakh in his debut season, the all-rounder is now priced at INR 11 crores for 2020.
After making his debut in IPL 2015, he received a national call the very next year against New Zealand. He flagged his Test journey with the team in the year 2017 against Sri Lanka, and now it seems the spot is fixed for the all-rounder. The 26-year-old has 532 Test, 957 ODI, and 310 T20I runs along with 17, 54, 38 wickets to his credit respectively.
He has become a crucial part of the Hyderabad lot, leading the bowling attack along with Rashid Khan. Having played 117 IPL matches, he has 133 wickets to his credit. He has 5/19 as his best bowling figures. Soon after shining in IPL, Bhuvi bagged the national cap in 2012 against Pakistan.
In his T20I debut in Bangalore, he stunned opponents by swinging the unresponsive white leather in a high-pressure game. He is the only Indian bowler to have a five-wicket haul in all three formats of the game. In 114 ODIs, he has 132 scalps to his credit and has been an integral part of India’s playing XI.