IPL: Top 5 international stars who got national call-up after IPL success

Top 5 international stars who got national call-up after IPL success: Ever since the inception of IPL in 2008, the tournament has been a springboard to promote talents from all across the globe. 

Not only that, it is fascinating to note that numerous cricketers have gained a substantial amount of success from the star-studded tournament.

The rules of the competition state that a team can field only four foreign players in a match which makes things a little tougher for the overseas players. They don’t just have to shine bright but shine bright consistently in order to stand out from the rest. All in all, the task is challenging for overseas players simply because the opportunities are meagre whereas the competition is extensive.

But as they say, when the going gets tough, the tough get going and these men listed below are the epitome of the aforementioned statement. Achieving an opportunity to represent their nation is a testament to their fabulous performances in the Indian Premier League. Let’s have a look at the Top 5 foreign cricketers who got a national call up because of their performance in IPL

Shane Watson

Rajasthan Royals’ triumphant tale of 2008 is one of the most beautiful cricketing stories of the 21st century. Royals under the leadership of Shane Warne defied all odds and became the inaugural champions of IPL. Few men were instrumental to RR’s historic triumph and one such man was Shane Watson. Watson helped Royals narrate a glorious tale as he scored 472 runs and took 17 wickets to help his side lift the trophy.

Watson’s heroics were appreciated by the Australian Cricket Board as well as he earned a place in the national side’s Test setup. His return to the longer format of the format came after spending 2 years on the sidelines, all thanks to his masterclass in IPL.

Ever since 2008, Shane Watson became a constant sight in the Australian setup and was later promoted to open the innings, something which did wonders for Watson’s international career. The gifted Aussie all-rounder relished playing at the top and was often listed amongst the best all-rounders of the world. From his scintillating stroke play to his efficient bowling, Watson never failed to mesmerize us. He retired from the International cricket in 2018 but still plays in the IPL, where he now dons the CSK colors.

Shaun Marsh

Prior to 2008, not many people heard about Shaun Marsh but by the end of it, the entire cricketing fraternity was buzzing about the elegant Australian. Marsh ruled the batting charts in the inaugural season of Indian Premier League as he smashed bowlers all around the park and ended the tournament as the highest run-getter despite playing just 11 matches. Marsh accumulated a total of 616 runs on the course of the tournament as Kings XI Punjab reached the semifinals of the competition.

His deeds on the Indian soil led to a maiden national call-up as Marsh was included in Australia’s tour of West Indies in 2008. Marsh carried his hot-form from IPL to the International front as well as he scored a calculated 81 on his debut against West Indies as Australia won by 84 runs. Marsh was named as the Man of the Match. 

The Australian has amassed 2477 runs from 71 matches in the IPL and it won’t be wrong to say that the cricket enthusiasts were shocked to see Marsh go unsold in the IPL auctions of 2018. 

Andre Russell 

One of the finds of the IPL, Andre Russell is a one-man wrecking crew who has the ability to snatch the game away from the opposition with a mere moment of brilliance or shall we say sheer strength. The Carribean superman is one of the cleanest hitters of the ball and has helped KKR on one too many occasions with his mercurial slogging prowess. 

Dre Russ might have become a household name but not so long ago, the flamboyant all-rounder spent most of his time away from the national side due to his inconsistency and below-par performances 

Russell made his international debut in 2011 but never really cemented his place in the side. After his ouster from the national side in 2015, Russell played just one ODI for West Indies until the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.

2019 witnessed the best Russell as the dynamic West Indian mauled even the fiercest of bowling attacks with ease and gave the Indian crowds a lot to cheer about. His thunderous knocks led to his inclusion in West Indies’ World Cup squad.

David Miller

Quite a few South Africans have graced the stage of IPL but not many have been as destructive as David Miller. He’s been associated with Kings XI Punjab since 2012 and has time and again proved to the world why he’s considered amongst the hardest hitters of the game. 

2013 was the year when Miller truly unleashed himself in the IPL as he scored 418 runs in 12 matches including a sensational knock of 101* off just 38 balls against Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore. His performances in the competition didn’t go unnoticed as he was called to the national side after spending the last two years on the fringes. Miller played a total of 24 ODIs in 2013 and truly cemented his position in the South African setup. IPL truly is a career-maker, isn’t it?

Miller has gone on to score more 3000 runs in the 50-over format for the Proteas and has been a prominent part of South Africa’s middle order. The avid fans of South African cricket will agree to the fact that it was IPL, where David Miller reached his full potential. 

Sunil Narine

2013 saw Kolkata Knight Riders lift the majestic IPL trophy for the very first time in history. The franchise owned by the famous Bollywood actor, Shahrukh Khan, reigned supreme over Chennai Super Kings in the final to become the champions. The season saw the rise of a certain Sunil Narine who rattled the opposition batsmen with his uncanny bowling style, one which helped him grab 24 wickets in the tournament.

Narine was deservingly named as the Man of the Series for his trickery with the ball. The ecstasy was real for KKR fans and as for Sunil Narine, the celebrations had just begun. His sensational performances led to his call-up to the national side. Narine made his Test debut against England at Edgbaston.

He soon became a regular and was subsequently named in the ODI XI and T20 XI of 2012. Over the years, numerous players have enjoyed impressive debut campaigns in IPL but there has never been something as breath-taking as Sunil Narine’s debut season in 2012. The West Indian is still signed with KKR and now plays a pivotal role with the bat as well.