The IPL’s Worth To A Domestic Player

One of the talking points used to sell the IPL is its supposed ability to showcase domestic Indian talent. Teams need to fill a team with 11 players, and a fair amount of them — I think 7? — need to be from India. Quite an amazing opportunity for a slew of players who otherwise would languish in the doldrums of domestic tournaments that very few fans care about.

But does it ever really translate into something more meaningful for these players? Yes, each season, we have been introduced to some interesting characters, some of who have gone on to the international forum (e.g. Yusuf Pathan). Others enjoy the 3-week minutes of fame — who knew P. Valthaty or Manish Pandey before the IPL? And the chance to play alongside the greats — from all over the world — must of some value (though I don’t know if it necessarily leads to better performance).

Then again, is it worth it for most of these players? Look at the top run getters and wicket-takers of 2009 — not many no-names there (except, maybe, Y.A. Abdulla, who comes in 10th). A cursory look at the other seasons shows the same trends — a few low-fame players (Vinay Kumar, N. Ohja, A.T. Rayadu) — but not much else. This is to be expected, of course; there’s a reason international veterans fill the top ranks.

But then, what’s the objective of a domestic player? Pull a Valthaty and enjoy the ride? Get your name out there? (If so, for what?) Or just do your best at your real task: play the ‘extra’ on a giant film set.


8 thoughts on “The IPL’s Worth To A Domestic Player

  1. A. There’s an off chance they make it to the internationals.
    B. They make a considerable amount of money.
    C. It’s not like they don’t contribute to a win, just because they don’t figure in the top 10 wickets/runs. Just take a look at today’s RCB v. DD match: Ojha, Rao, Mithun, Mohammed all played considerable roles. And that’s where it gets interesting– if they do well this year, even if they don’t get selected for India, their IPL salary next year will go up considerably.

    • duckingbeamers says:

      Do they make that much money, Devanshu? A fair number of the Indians with international caps do, but most of the “unsigned” domestic players don’t seem to make all that much. I guess there are three Indian tiers — the internationals (e.g. Dravid, Tendulkar, etc.); the near-internationals (Badrinath, R. Sharma, etc.), and the rest.

  2. Golandaaz says:

    They earn a decent living because of the IPL. On the contrary, I wonder what value the IPL has to international stars.

  3. Great work have done here by you man keep it up looking for next update.

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  5. Russ says:

    DB, one might as well ask why play sport at all? They play to win, to be or prove themselves against the best, because they are professionals and that’s what professionals do. It is a particular curiosity of cricket – or a hangover from the (sh)amateur era – that it asks its players to play for aesthetic pleasure, or national representation, or just for money; as if the game is an exhibition of skills, and not a sport.

    It is also a curiosity of the IPL that it doesn’t let a team build a franchise by enforcing limited contracts, and wage restraint for Indian players. But I am sure that will not be maintained for long.

  6. […] As I’ve said before, watching small-fame Indian players get a shot at fame — no matter how fleeting — rests among the more palatable attractions of the IPL. Stories like the one above also help answer my previous question — why do domestic players get involved with the IPL? […]

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