The former Indian opener Virender Sehwag, who is popular for his explosive batting style, credited Indian Premier League for fast-tracking unknown players to big leagues.
The 39-year-old former batsman also said that IPL had provided so many young talents to the India team, for example, Ravindra Jadeja, Yusuf Pathan and Mohammed Siraj. Further explaining his point, Sehwag said if a cricketer is playing in the First class game, then for reaching in Indian squad they will take 5-6 years. However, with the help of cash-rich league, they get the early call-up for the national duty.
“I think what IPL did to the Indian cricket is that it gave unknown players to the Indian cricket team. If they play for their first class team, they will take at least five to six years to come and play for India,” Sehwag said while talking to PTI.
“But through the IPL, those players, who have talent and who did well – they just did well in one season and next year they were part of team India, that is what IPL did,” Sehwag further said.
“Ravindra Jadeja is one of them and so is Yusuf Pathan. Recently Deepak Hooda, fast bowlers (Mohammed) Siraj and (Basil) Thampi – they got picked (in the Indian squad) because of IPL performance,” said the 39-year-old cricketer
“The IPL is giving unknown players to the Indian cricket team, Indian cricket fans and the same thing happened with other countries.”
“If you look at David Warner, he played IPL first and then he played for Australia, similarly Maxwell. It is a great platform for players to showcase their talent,” he explained.