5 Top players who made their IPL debut before T20I debut
All in all, one can call the IPL a future factory line that produces a pool of cricketers who are bound to triumph in international cricket.
Updated - Mar 20, 2021 1:32 pm
There’s absolutely no doubt that since the birth of the IPL, the fortunes of numerous cricketers around the world have towered to new heights. The cash-rich league now is a tad inferior in terms of its cricketing standards when compared with international cricket and perhaps is the biggest extravaganza happening in the realm of T20 cricket.
Because it involves the elites of the game, the franchises are constantly scouting cricketers from around the globe who hence can be groomed and fostered into their biggest match-winning products. Talking about the current batch of players representing Indian cricket, right from Ravindra Jadeja or Manish Pandey till the veteran Ravi Ashwin, all have first been the byproduct of the IPL.
All in all, one can call the IPL a future factory line that produces a pool of cricketers who are bound to triumph in international cricket. Even the reluctant cricket boards like the ECB have now merrily realized the profound benefits of this cosmopolitan arrangement and now seamlessly allows its white-ball stars to flaunt their skillsets.
Hence, in this list here are five such cricketers who first got experimented in the IPL and then went on to make their T20I debuts:
1. Jasprit Bumrah
Arguably the greatest gift received by the Indian team from the IPL, Jasprit Bumrah is the most opulent commodity of the Indian team along with Virat Kohli. It was back in 2013 when this unorthodox speedster with his aberrant bowling action had made its mark in the IPL by merely playing just two games for MI. Being on and off for the subsequent IPL seasons, Bumrah before making its T20I debut had actually played a total of 17 IPL games for his franchise.
Bumrah’s international debut is a well-renowned tale wherein the pacer was sent to Australia as a mid-way replacement of Mohammed Shami. The Indian team was badly whacked in the death overs of that limited-overs tour, especially in the ODI series. But with Bumrah in his debut game itself became a dazzling revelation. Soon, he got infused in the three-match T20I series against Australia and at the iconic Adelaide, on a historic day (January 26, 2016), Bumrah played his first T20I for India.
In that historic clean sweep win by the Indian team at the Australian turf, Bumrah collectively took six wickets at an economy of almost 9. Hence, since his inception into the MI camp or even about his entry into the Indian team, the pacer has been constantly climbing the ladder of becoming the best in the world.