The advent of the Indian Premier League has certainly turned around the fortunes of many of the lesser known domestic players. In a broader sense, this king size tournament has changed the complexion of modern day cricket.
Innovative shots such as reverse sweeps and dil-scoops or subtle variations in bowling, be it the back of the hand slower delivery or the carom ball-are all products of this billion dollar league. But, have you ever wondered, what could have been the scenario had some of the greats of the game participated in this contemporary league? In those days, the idea of T20 cricket could not be thought of.
Hence, we explore this fascinating idea of forming an IPL side by selecting some of the stalwarts of the game
1. SUNIL GAVASKAR
No ‘All-Star’ team can be completed without the inclusion of the ‘Little Master’. The legendary opener from Mumbai may always be remembered for his classical batting technique (let alone the 174 ball 36* which he scored in the 1975 Prudential Cup opener), but one also needs to be reminded of the fact that his maiden ODI ton was a brutal 103* off 88 balls against New Zealand, which was filled with elusive stroke play. If Mr Gavaskar would really have been handed over an IPL contract, his owners would have expected such knocks from him more often than not.
ODI Career: 108 Matches, 3,092 Runs, Avg.-35.13.