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Old 12-25-2008, 08:20 PM
sunilpal sunilpal is offline
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The IPL also gave an opening to many fringe players to showcase their talent and become regular players in the national squad in the near future.

Leg spinners Amit Mishra and Piyush Chawla gave enough indication that they are ready to wear the India cap on a more regular basis.
Rohit Sharma gave further evidence that he was a batting star of the future .
But the prime example was Yusuf Pathan (seen here during the final) who was a member of the triumphant Twenty20 World Cup squad last year in South Africa.
He played in only the final of the World Cup but even during his brief innings at the top of the order one could immediately discern that he was an uncommonly gifted big hitter and just the kind of cricketer required for the limited overs format.

This image acquired a whole new dimension in the IPL where his big hitting saw him acquire a strike rate of almost 180 over 16 matches the second highest for anyone who played over six matches - on his way to scoring 435 runs with four half centuries. He certainly had a major role in Rajasthan Royals winning the title and as a bonus his subtle off spin saw him pick up a few wickets. The man of the match award in the final was the icing on the cake.
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