For a number of reasons, IPL is a celebrated league. High level of competition, performance-hungry fans cheering and last minute thrills all make IPL the biggest entertainer for sports lovers. Not only for the spectators but for young players as well IPL is a platform that proves to be the stepping stone.
Young players love the shorter T20 format but it doesn’t mean that the experienced players have not benefited from the league. Many accomplished players have resurrected their careers which led them to get selected in their national teams or got called in other prominent T20 tournaments.
Here we look at the three overseas players whose performance in IPL opened the door for unlimited possibilities.
Sohail TanvirThe first edition of IPL had many surprises both for the fans as well as franchisees. Rajasthan Royals came up as a major contender in IPL inaugural season who were taken as underdogs went on to win the IPL title. This win was possible because of the incredible performance of the team players and most notably that of Pakistan’s left-arm pacer Sohail Tanvir.
He was just fabulous on the field with his deliveries and he startled the Chennai Super Kings in the league final with his demolishing figure of 6-14. For his incredible score of 22 wickets in 11 games, Tanvir was presented with the Purple cap.
His stellar performance in IPL 2008 earned him the attention of domestic selectors as well as many international franchisees.
Dwayne SmithIn IPL 2013 Mumbai needed some hard knocks to clinch the title and Dwayne played the crucial game to lead the team to the title win. At an impressive strike rate of 122.58, Smith scored 413 runs in a total of 13 games he played that season.
In the following IPL season, the West Indies batsmen formed a formidable opening partnership with Brendon McCullum. He amassed a total of 566 runs playing at a strike rate of 136.05 in 16 games, that included 5 half centuries.
His explosive performance in IPL earned him a return call in the West Indies ODI and T20 squad against England. Other leagues also sought him out for their games.
David MillerMiller made his IPL debut in 2011 for the Kings XI Punjab, but he wasn’t able to get much attention in that season. It was in IPL 2013 that the South African batsman took IPL by storm going on to become the highest run-getter for Punjab scoring 418 runs in 12 games.
He mauled Royal Challengers Bangalore hitting 100 off 38 balls. Then again in IPL 2017, Miller returned to partner with Maxwell to lead Kings XI Punjab to their first IPL final.
Eventually, his performance led South African selectors to include him in the Champions Trophy squad.