The 11th season of the Indian Premier League is just around 3 months away and the excitement is growing with each passing day. The auction for the 11th season will see over 1000 players going under the hammer in a 2-day event on 28th and 29th January.
The past 10 seasons of the Indian Premier League have given some unforgettable memories, numerous nail-biting moments but the most important thing has been the growth of young players, who have benefitted from playing with the best players in the world.
Good performances in the Twenty20 tournament have helped many players such as Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Siraj and R Ashwin to make a place for themselves in the Indian dressing room.
Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag is one of the many cricket pundits, who have praised the IPL for helping youngsters from around the country to make a name for themselves in world cricket. Speaking to PTI, Sehwag said,
“I think what the 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.”
“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.”
According to the 39-year-old, the Indian Premier League is the biggest cricketing league in the world and has managed to attract top players from world cricket every year. He said,
“A single player, who is playing cricket, anywhere in the world, wants to play in the IPL. So that shows that the credibility and publicity of the IPL is so big that even an uncapped player, who is a player of some other country, wants to play in the IPL.”
The auction for the 11th edition will take place on 28th and 29th January, while the opening match is scheduled take place on 5th April at the Wankhede Stadium between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings.