The Indian Premier League (IPL) has been a tournament which has provided some forgotten stars or newcomers with the mega opportunity to make their return to the national side through such a domestic professional Twenty20 league.
Several youngsters have gone on to represent India only on the back of some exceptional performances in the cash-rich IPL. It has been the budding ground for many such players.
Even in the recently concluded tournament, there were several exceptional performances carved out by newcomers and some of the veteran cricketers.
The tournament again provided a golden opportunity for some of the players to make a return to the Team India. The respective performances in the tournament provided quite a few players who were rewarded with a national recall courtesy their impressive showing in the IPL.
Without wasting any time let us have a look at five such players who were rewarded for their consistent performances in this edition of the IPL:
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) fast bowler was rewarded for his impressive performances in the tournament with a national call-up for the very first time in his career. He has been picked in the national side for both One-day International and Twenty20 International series against England.
The much-awaited series is slated to start later in the month. Kaul was one of the most standout performers for Hyderabad who bagged 21 wickets in the tournament alongside Rashid Khan.
Siddarth was the leader of the Hyderabad’s bowling pack and made more impact than Rashid in the earlier part of the tournament.
However, his performances dipped considerably at the fag end of the tournament. Though he bagged back-to-back wickets of Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu with scorching deliveries in the Qualifier first.
Well, it wasn’t enough. Shane Watson took the charge in spectacular fashion – to take Kaul to the cleaners.
Furthermore, Kaul will definitely look to make an impact if he does manage to make his national debut in England.