The seventh season of the lucrative Indian Premier League will kick start from April 16. Host of big names like Kevin Pietersen, MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli will be involved in representing their own franchises.
The seventh season of the lucrative Indian Premier League will kick start from April 16. Host of big names like Kevin Pietersen, MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli will be involved in representing their own franchises. But this league can also revive careers of some cricketers who are eyeing a spot in the Indian national side. Who are these players? Well, we find out who they really are:
After spending six seasons with his home team, Delhi Daredevils; former Indian opener Virender Sehwag finally made the move to the Kings XI Punjab who signed him for a sum of 3.2 crore. After falling out of the Indian side from both Tests and ODIs, Sehwag will look upto the IPL season 7, to eye a comeback into the Indian colours. Who knows, one big knock and ‘Viru’ can once again be amongst the selectors reckoning.
Even though MS Dhoni termed Gautam Gamhir as a ‘Test opener’, the southpaw has hardly featured for the Indian team. The current skipper of the Kolkata Knight Riders, will look to amass few runs in this season of the IPL or risk losing a berth in the Indian team.
Even though he had a poor T20 World Cup, the richest buy in the IPL 7 – Yuvraj Singh might just want to prove why he is the ‘darling’ of the shorter version of the game. Carrying a huge tag is not a piece of cake but Yuvraj Singh has that capability to fight back when the chips are down. With the England tour on the horizon, one good knock from the southpaw can earn him a spot in the Indian side.
Another big money buy – Dinesh Karthik was bought for a whopping 12.5 crores of rupees by the Delhi Daredevils. The wicket-keeper batsman failed to live up to the expectations in the Asia Cup and was eventually dropped. Karthik who was handed the reins of vice-captaincy by the Delhi franchise, must capitalise on adding runs with the bat.
The 29-year-old swing bowler who has been marred with injuries has played 29 Tests, 120 ODIs and 24 T20 Internationals for India in the last 10 years but Irfan Pathan is on a comeback trail. The ‘sultan of swing’ is eyeing a spot in the Indian team with the 2015 World Cup a major target for the left-armer.
The Indian Premier League has revived careers of many national and international cricketers and there is no reason why the above names cannot win back the fame and recognition, for once which they were revered of, in their grasps.