There’s absolutely no doubt that since the birth of the IPL, the fortunes of numerous cricketers around the world have towered to new heights. The cash-rich league now is a tad inferior in terms of its cricketing standards when compared with international cricket and perhaps is the biggest extravaganza happening in the realm of T20 cricket.
Because it involves the elites of the game, the franchises are constantly scouting cricketers from around the globe who hence can be groomed and fostered into their biggest match-winning products. Talking about the current batch of players representing Indian cricket, right from Ravindra Jadeja or Manish Pandey till the veteran Ravi Ashwin, all have first been the byproduct of the IPL.
All in all, one can call the IPL a future factory line that produces a pool of cricketers who are bound to triumph in international cricket. Even the reluctant cricket boards like the ECB have now merrily realized the profound benefits of this cosmopolitan arrangement and now seamlessly allows its white-ball stars to flaunt their skillsets.
Hence, in this list here are five such cricketers who first got experimented in the IPL and then went on to make their T20I debuts:
1. Jasprit Bumrah
Arguably the greatest gift received by the Indian team from the IPL, Jasprit Bumrah is the most opulent commodity of the Indian team along with Virat Kohli. It was back in 2013 when this unorthodox speedster with his aberrant bowling action had made its mark in the IPL by merely playing just two games for MI. Being on and off for the subsequent IPL seasons, Bumrah before making its T20I debut had actually played a total of 17 IPL games for his franchise.
Bumrah’s international debut is a well-renowned tale wherein the pacer was sent to Australia as a mid-way replacement of Mohammed Shami. The Indian team was badly whacked in the death overs of that limited-overs tour, especially in the ODI series. But with Bumrah in his debut game itself became a dazzling revelation. Soon, he got infused in the three-match T20I series against Australia and at the iconic Adelaide, on a historic day (January 26, 2016), Bumrah played his first T20I for India.
In that historic clean sweep win by the Indian team at the Australian turf, Bumrah collectively took six wickets at an economy of almost 9. Hence, since his inception into the MI camp or even about his entry into the Indian team, the pacer has been constantly climbing the ladder of becoming the best in the world.
2. Faf du Plessis
Although Faf might be now on thin ice when it comes to representing South Africa, as far as his initial entry is concerned for playing T20Is, the right-hander had a prolonged wait. It was around the time of the 2011 World Cup when Du Plessis had started making its mark in international cricket and then next year in the 2012 IPL edition was bagged by CSK.
In that 2012 IPL, the South African represented CSK in a total of 13 matches and almost scored 400 runs (398) at an average of 33.16. With a healthy IPL stint, Faf then a few months later eventually made his T20I debut on that robust 2012 tour of England. Since then for South Africa, he has played a total of 50 T20Is and has 1528 runs at an average of 35.53. With his retirement from the longest format, the right-hander is now all set to further explore the realm of T20 cricket by participating in the global T20 leagues.
For CSK in a broader sense, his presence can be seen as a direct replacement of their legendary batsman Mike Hussey. In the last two seasons, he has also become an established overseas member of the franchise. All in all, during his initial years of international cricket at least in the T20Is, the cricketer did attain his cap mainly because of his vibrant debut in IPL 2012.
3. Glenn Maxwell
Long before bagging the initial tag of a million-dollar baby while representing Mumbai Indians, this Australian all-rounder was first seen in the Delhi camp in the IPL 2012. In that IPL season, the Delhi franchise was seen having a robust run and in between Maxwell was also seen making his IPL debut. In his mere two games, hardly there came runs from his blade.
But in that same year, the Australian selectors did select him for the tour of Pakistan in the UAE. In his two outings, Maxwell collectively fetched a total of 31 runs in that T20I series. But as far as his initial IPL journey is concerned, the stalwart had a breakthrough IPL season in 2014 for KXIP. In that eventful season, Maxwell took KXIP to its first-ever IPL final.
Overall, although Maxwell might have played IPL before making his T20I debut, in a general sense, he has been a disappointing commodity in the IPL. His T20I numbers for Australia are much superior that to his numbers in the IPL. But now with his new association for RCB, the cricketer would be expected to bring a turnaround in his bleak IPL career.
4. Jofra Archer
As we all know, long before making his debut for England in international cricket, Jofra Archer in his debut IPL season for RR had become a big success. The speedster in that 2018 season had picked a total of 15 wickets from his 11 games at an economy of 8.36. Because of his steadfast bowling, the franchise was also seen triumphing into the top four.
For England, as we all know since the board had amended its rules, Archer as soon as he had become eligible was seen making his T20I debut. Days before the 2019 World Cup, the pacer donned the England jersey and soon after his debut ODI series, he played his first T20I game against Pakistan. In terms of his performance in that game, Archer took two wickets and leaked runs at an economy of around 7.
Currently, within his initial years of international cricket, he is now a distinctive part of the fab four club of bowling and especially has become skipper Morgan’s go-to man in white-ball cricket. Even for his IPL franchise, he is the leader of the pack and also someone who often is competing to win the Purple Cap.
5. Jason Holder
Although Jason Holder is a very invigorating name when it comes to the longest format for the West Indies, the speedster is one elusive West Indian cricketer who had made his IPL debut before his T20I. Regardless of representing sides like the KKR and the SRH, Holder actually made his debut in the 2013 IPL season for CSK.
The West Indian pacer was tried by the CSK camp for six IPL games in 2013 where Holder hardly fetched any success. Even in the next season, Jason had a difficult time as in a single IPL game he leaked runs at an economy of 11.66. But in that same year before the IPL 2014, in January, the Barbados-born cricketer had made his T20I debut against New Zealand in Wellington.
Jason Holder, since his T20I debut, has merely played 20 T20Is for the West Indies and is predominantly well-known for his craft in the red-ball format. However, in the last IPL season, the SRH camp had bagged him to replace the injured Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh. Hence in that season for SRH, the WI skipper actually became a revelation wherein in his 7 matches he scalped a total of 14 wickets at an economy of 8.32. Recently, Holder was also seen playing against Sri Lanka in T20Is.
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