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Wasim Jaffer thinks a player has to do well on a stage like IPL to get into Indian team

Jaffer who is still playing first-class cricket values IPL performance over Ranji Trophy.

Wasim Jaffer
Wasim Jaffer. (Photo Source: Twitter)

There’s always been a debate on what has a higher value in India – runs in domestic cricket or Indian Premier League (IPL). While the Indian team management has got a process in place of late where players are first picked for the A team and based on the progress graduate into the national side. However, veteran Wasim Jaffer also thinks IPL has a higher value for someone to get into the limelight.

In the current age, a player isn’t just judged based on their performance in one format. After a good run in the Ranji Trophy if you translate that form into List A cricket and even T20s chances are you will find yourself in one of the Indian teams before the end of the season. In other cases where a player excels in just one format, it certainly takes longer for him to break in.

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“Nowadays, the challenge for the youngsters is to adapt to all three formats. The IPL is also very important to get into the limelight. No matter how much runs you score in Ranji Trophy, if you are not playing the IPL, it is hard to get noticed,” Wasim was quoted as saying by Sportstar.

IPL the biggest stage

For Jaffer, IPL is the kind of stage which gives your performances the required eyeballs. A player gets noticed easier there and thus ensured better success.

“It is not like before where you scored 1,000 runs and you are in the reckoning. If you score those many runs, you might only end up playing for India A. But to get into the Indian side, you need a stage like the IPL, where you perform against the best players and get noticed,” he added.

We’ve seen a lot of younger players make it to the Indian team. Prithvi Shaw is the prime example. After leading the India U19 team he had a good run in domestic as well as IPL cricket and is currently a part of the Test team for the tour of Australia.

“Players like Prithvi (Shaw), Shubman (Gill) have got that stage where they are noticed and they also understand what it takes to perform in the big stage and what more they need to do. I hope that’s what Armaan does,” the former Indian cricketer said.

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