Five Players who were the first to play IPL from their remote areas

Five Players who were the first to play IPL from their remote areas

Some of these cricketers created a pathway for many others from their region to play at the highest level.

Sandeep Lamichhane
Delhi Daredevil’s Sandeep Lamichhane celebrates fall of Suresh Raina’s wicket. (Photo by Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has brought alive the dreams of many and is continuing to inspire youngsters of the current generation to dream big. Son of an auto driver, Mohammed Siraj, currently is Virat Kohli’s primetime fast bowler whilst Nathu Singh, who comes from a very poor background, continues to get an IPL contract every season.

This season has witnessed some outstanding action, on and off the field. There was so much excitement surrounding the World Cup, yet the tournament had enough drama in it to attract enough crowds and attention from television. Hence, we witnessed some more cricketers coming into the limelight through the tournament.

Of the many cricketers who came from states where the boards are strong, the ones who managed to come through some remote areas deserve special appreciation. Here’s a list of five cricketers who belong to remote areas and were the first to represent their state in the world’s biggest T20 tournament.

MS Dhoni – Jharkhand

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. (Photo: Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS)

One of Indian cricket’s all-time greats, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has come from Ranchi (then Bihar, later Jharkhand). MS Dhoni represented the Bihar state team till 2004 and then represented Jharkhand after the state division. He successfully led Chennai Super Kings to three IPL titles, in 2010, 2011 and 2018.

Apart from him, some other prominent names from Jharkhand who featured in the IPL are Varun Aaron, Saurabh Tiwary, Shahbaz Nadeem and young superstar Ishan Kishan. He created a pathway for so many from his state and keeps on inspiring many aspiring cricketers to take up the sport.