Domestic players are as much important as Indian players or overseas players in IPL. Franchisees buy them in heaps and most of them work as a backup. They get very few opportunities but those who grab those opportunities with both hands, end up being in the Indian team. Yes, IPL has become a gateway to the Indian team. There is a process and an equation to get into the Indian team through IPL. I will explain the equation and the process one by one. Let me start with the equation.
In every IPL team, the equation of playing eleven is as follows:
4 overseas players + 4 Indian capped players + 3 uncapped domestic players = 11 players of an IPL team.
Every IPL team is formed with four foreign players, four players who have already played for India and three uncapped domestic players.
(This equation is on the basis of the trend which is seen over the period of ten years. It may vary from franchise to franchise but normally franchises go with the above-mentioned combination.)
Play well in Ranji trophy, Syed Mustaq Ali trophy and Vijay Hazare trophy to get the attention of franchises. Other than performance, the only thing which helps players is the X-factor.
After performing well, register yourself in the IPL auction.
Make sure, you are picked in one of the franchises in IPL auction. Use your connections for that. If the coach of your domestic team is in support staff of any IPL team, that’s an added advantage. A lot of players even pay the bribe to get into the IPL team.
Do well in the camps before the tournament and cement your place in the playing eleven. Be disciplined, perform well in the nets, take the initiative in every department. Do everything you can to show the team management that you are that uncapped domestic player which the team is looking for.
After making the place in playing eleven, grab the opportunity with both hands and give your hundred percent on the field.
If you did well whole season then you will be standing at the gate of the Indian team and you will be rich overnight.
This is the process for domestic players to get into the Indian team through IPL.
IPL is not the gateway for only domestic players but also for those players who have been dropped and ignored from the Indian side.
Not all the domestic players make it to the Indian side. Some players become one innings hero, some players become one season hero, some players play for themselves, some players disappear after playing one season, some players (despite playing well) are not valued at all, some players get involved in fixing the matches. While the value of some players reaches the top level.
One innings hero or one season hero often disappear. Azhar Bilakhia, Paul Valthaty and Swapnil Asnodkar are the examples of one innings hero or one season hero who disappeared into thin air. They grabbed the eyeballs in a particular season of IPL with one magical innings. Some domestic players were not able to handle the success. They were caught in the wrong deeds. Some wanted to earn more money through IPL. Thus, they chose the shortcut of fixing the matches rather than raising their game and performing well. While some domestic players are never valued. Likes of Aditya Tare and Rajat Bhatia are always undervalued. They won their franchise quite a few matches on their own but never got their real worth.
Ordinary players who became domestic players because of IPL
Pravin Tambe and Jasprit Bumrah are the two ordinary players who became domestic players because of IPL. Both the players grabbed the eyeballs of coaches during the practice sessions and became the finds of IPL.
Bumrah was brought in the Mumbai Indians camp by John Wright. Bumrah impressed him with his action (X-factor) when Mumbai Indians was practicing in Ahmedabad. While Pravin Tambe impressed the coaches of Rajasthan Royals with his art of bowling leg spin at the age of 42. Both of them played in their respective state’s (state level cricket) team after playing in the IPL. Tambe and Bumrah won the hearts of people not only with their performance on the field but also with their simplicity off it. Bumrah is currently top-class bowler in the world cricket and Tambe played domestic cricket for Mumbai (all the formats).
Finds of IPL
Domestic players who made into the Indian side through IPL are Bumrah, KL Rahul, Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Manish Pandey, Jaydev Unadkat, Kedhar Jadhav etc. These are few names who are currently part of the Indian team and are the finds of IPL. The list is very big. There are so many players (like Mohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu) who made into the Indian team and were dropped due to the dip in their form.
The story of a domestic player
KL Rahul has a pretty interesting story. In one of the seasons of IPL, KL Rahul was out of form. Seeing his poor form, RCB team management replaced him with Mandeep Singh in playing eleven but just before the start of the match, Mandeep got injured. Rahul was given one more chance and he grabbed it with both the hands. Since then he hasn’t looked back. He went on to score hundreds in all the formats for India.
IPL is an opportunity for every domestic player. Not only state-level players but even some net bowlers with X-factor. It’s up to them how they want to use it.