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IPL: Recognising Unknown Faces In The Country

A diverse breed of talented Indian domestic players will be put to show in this year's IPL

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Since its inception in 2008 IPL has grabbed many eyeballs globally. Nobody had ever imagined that it will achieve the scale and success that it has and IPL will not only go on to capture the imagination of the nation but of the entire cricketing world. The league has not only become the richest cricketing league in the world but it has also provided young Indian talent to rub their shoulders with the best in the world.

Apart from presenting players with opportunities, IPL also caters to the much-needed entertainment quotient of the Indian audiences. Its popularity could very well be seen in the viewership it grabs both domestically and internationally. The 3 months of IPL season is like a cricketing festival bonanza for the entire country. People have their favourites among the different IPL franchises and they go all out to support them. The experiences created by the players while trying to hit sky-touching sixes and rocketed fours inscribes in it the real essence of IPL.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has proved to be a boon for the Indian domestic players as it provides the platform for them to showcase their talent and become household names in a span of few matches. The Indian Premier League (IPL) has proved to be good seeding platform to find and groom talented youngsters, who may go on to represent the national team one day. Murali Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina and Manpreet Goni are few success stories coined by IPL. Praveen Thambe could also be included in the exception list when it comes to making a name for oneself.

In all fairness to the domestic Indian players, they have also made use of this platform and come to the party by consistently delivering scintillating performances. Almost every year there has been an uncapped Indian player who has made a name for himself and knocked on the selectors' doors basis strong performance in IPL.

A diverse breed of talented Indian domestic players will be put to show in this year's IPL as well. Ishan Kishan (Gujarat Lions), Rishabh Pant (Delhi Daredevils) and Chirag Suri (Gujarat Lions) are few among the many to watch out for this IPL season.

On top of providing identity to the unknown faces from the domestic teams, IPL also caters to the 2nd life innings of many. Virendra Sehwag, Mohammad Kaif and Sanjay Bangar are few of the many examples who have rejuvenated their cricketing career post retirement by grabbing the positions of commentators and coaches respectively.

This year's IPL will be no different from its previous versions in terms of entertainment and popularity. The only difference being that it would be the last IPL season for all the franchises and their fans will be keen to cheer their favourite teams with full gusto. All eyes will also be on the new teams who debuted last year: Gujarat Lions and Pune Super Giants who thrilled the fans with their superlative performances last year. Their journey in IPL though a short one has provided their fans countless enjoyable moments and the fans will come out to make this last season for them a very memorable one.

This year again all eyes will await that unheard, unknown talent who will leave a mark on this years' IPL. Will this years' IPL help unearth the new face of Indian cricket? Time will be the best judge of it. Nevertheless, all the franchises would like to leave a lasting impression on their fans and will give it their best. My best wishes to all the franchises, may the best team win.

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Keshav Bansal

The writer is Owner, Gujarat Lions & Director, Intex Technologies (India)

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