Over the years, the T20 league has been credited for unearthing talents across the globe. With IPL 2020 about to start, it’s time for us to look at the players who make a strong case to be a part of the IPL specialist Dream 11 team.
Since its inception in 2008, the Indian Premier League has revolutionized the game of cricket. The T20 league has been a breeding ground for a pool of young Indian talents. While the economic benefit to the BCCI has been immense, one can’t sideline the contribution of IPL to the Indian team.
The league has provided platforms for budding cricketers – both Indian and international. It has helped in creating stories of rags-to-riches. Apt to its theme, IPL has provided a stage where ‘talent meets opportunity’. With IPL 2020 about to commence, it gives us a perfect opportunity to look at some Indian players who are highly probable to be a part of the Dream 11 team of specialists.
Heads Up! Will IPL 2020 produce a future Indian star?
- IPL has been a breeding ground for young cricketing talents across the globe.
- Many present Indian cricket stars credit their rise and success to IPL.
- Some Indian stalwarts are a must-have in your IPL specialists Dream11 team of 2020.
As an able left-arm spinner and a handy batsman lower down the order, Ravindra Jadeja was picked up by Shane Warne led Rajasthan Royals (RR) in IPL 2008. Jadeja was a part of the India U19 team that won the World Cup in 2008. However, he came into limelight after playing a vital role in Rajasthan lifting up the inaugural IPL championship.
After Jadeja was banned for a season of IPL, he moved to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in 2011. The ‘Rockstar’ turned out to be a vital pillar for CSK. His heroics played a significant role in MS Dhoni-led side lifting the IPL title in 2011.
Post his India debut, Jadeja has emerged as a complete match-winner for India. He’s always a part of the team’s future prospects. Jadeja looks a sure shot selection for the Dream11 team of IPL specialists.
A young lad hailing from Surat made his IPL debut for Mumbai Indians in 2015. As a bowling all-rounder, Hardik Pandya caught everyone’s attention with his clean ball-striking agility on the field. A player with no wicket in first-class cricket turned out to be a match-winner for Mumbai Indians.
Hardik’s ability as a seam-bowling all-rounder turned out to fit the scheme of the Indian selection panel. As a result, he made his T20I debut before the 2016 T20 World Cup and played a vital role in India reaching the semi-final of the event.
In the same event, Hardik’s last over against Bangladesh, where he defended 2 runs of 3 balls heaped praises from cricket pundits. Hardik Pandya then went onto make his ODI and Test debut for India and has since been impactful in all three formats. An all-rounder like Hardik makes an automatic entry into the Dream11 team of IPL specialists.
Undoubtedly, one of the biggest finds of IPL, Jasprit Bumrah took the cricketing world by surprise. With no first-class matches under his belt, a guy with an unusual bowling action came into the scene. He made his IPL debut with Mumbai Indians in 2013 and made a statement from the world go. His impressive performances made him get into the national team within the next 3 years.
The most accurate death bowler in world cricket at the moment, Bumrah has been topping the ICC bowler rankings for Test and ODI cricket for a long time. A death bowler like him is a ‘dream’ for any Dream11 team of IPL specialists.
His exceptional performances for the national team made him the leader of the Indian bowling attack for the 2019 ICC World Cup in England. Jasprit Bumrah has surely been the ‘biggest product’ of IPL to Indian cricket.
If there is one player who aptly portrays the role of IPL in nurturing Indian players, it has to be Ravi Ashwin. It’s an intriguing situation that one of the best finds of IPL is a lead bowler for India in Test cricket at the moment.
Before Ashwin made his IPL debut in 2009 for Chennai Super Kings (CSK), he had already been an established bowler in the domestic circuit. However, as Ashwin himself admits, it was IPL that gave him a platform and brought him out of anonymity. It provided him a platform to showcase his skills to the world. And the rest is history.
A great performance for CSK in 2011 made the wily off-spinner earn his maiden India call-up in 2010. And within a year, Ashwin had made a name for himself and was part of the Indian team that lifted the World Cup in 2011.
With 365 wickets in 71 Test matches, Ashwin in the league of one the best bowlers the country has ever produced. Being one of the IPL greats, Ashwin storms his way into the IPL specialists Dream11 team of 2020.