The history of uncapped IPL players
The Indian Premier League has often given opportunities to uncapped players to play for their national sides. This has been as a result of consistent performances in the tournament, allowing them to be noticed by national selectors. Recent examples include Deepak Chahar, Prithvi Shaw and Krunal Pandya. All three were selected for India through their match-winning exploits, while still being uncapped IPL players at the time.
However, many players remain uncapped despite strong performances in the Indian Premier League.
This could be due to factors such as their team not making the playoffs or the player occupying a similar role to others already established in their national side.
In this article, I will be analysing the top three talents who deserve to play for their country in the future.
Shreyas Gopal – #1 Uncapped IPL Player
In the past two IPL seasons, Shreyas Gopal has been at the forefront of the Rajasthan Royals bowling attack – along with Jofra Archer. His great strength has been the ability to bowl accurately in the middle overs. Plus his googly has been very difficult to pick – even for high-quality players of spin. This makes him a constant threat. Dismissing AB De Villiers and Virat Kohli four times and three times respectively is not an easy task.
He has also shown glimpses of his ability to finish games with the bat in T20 cricket. This would likely prove to be a useful bonus for India. Neither Chahal nor Kuldeep has credentials with the bat in T20 Cricket. Gopal could slot into the team at number eight and provide extra finishing depth. His batting and leg-spin combined could win him the leg spinners slot at the upcoming T20 World Cup.
A transfer from Kolkata Knight Riders to Mumbai Indians could not have gone better for Suryakumar Yadav. The first two seasons with his new franchise has garnered 512 and 424 runs respectively. But more importantly, he has shown to be equally adept at playing pace and spin bowling. This has been an uncommon trait among Indian batsmen over the years and was one of the key reasons why Ambati Rayudu was not picked in the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
With the World T20 to be played in Australia, Suryakumar Yadav could prove a handy asset for India. The pace and bounce offered on Australian tracks are not likely to trouble Yadav. This is because he plays the majority of his cricket at the Wankhede Stadium – where the ball tends to bounce more than most tracks in India. He could at least make a case for being in the squad if not picked in the starting eleven.
Nitish Rana rounds off our list of uncapped IPL players. Rana set the IPL alight in 2017 when he was playing for the Mumbai Indians. His form in that IPL season would have resulted in a national call-up had he been able to convert his starts. Towards the end of that season, however, he had a dip in form. There was fierce competition for places that season and as a result, he did not make the eleven for the final.
Rana produced a solid showing at IPL 2019. He scored 344 runs at 34.40 and a strike rate of 146.38. As a result, he may be back on the selector’s radar. His ability to play attacking cricket with the bat in hand plus his handy off-breaks offers a tempting package for the selectors. Given India’s batting prowess, he might find it difficult to win a place in the squad. However, he may well be within touching distance.
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