There are a number of cricketers who have never played in the IPL till date © Getty Images
There are a number of cricketers who have never played in the IPL till date © Getty Images

Ever since Twenty20 (T20) cricket came into effect, things have taken a drastic turn in the world of cricket, from changes in batting and bowling techniques to the way players approach Test cricket. Even the rules have been modified to some extent. However, there is nothing to be compared among the three formats, because T20 is the newest member of the league and has taken the sport to the next level. From more runs, more crowds and more entertainment, it has rapidly established itself as one of the best marketing aspects for the custodians of cricket who wish to take it to new shores. List of Purple Cap holders in IPL till date

Owing to its immense popularity, almost each country has come up with its own domestic T20 league to cash in on the popularity. India, however, came up with something similar, but churned out a product so good that within years it has become one of the biggest sporting brands. It was a franchise-based T20 league, with players participating from all over the world, that was introduced by the Indian cricket board. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to mix cricket with entertainment, thus making it ‘cricketainment’, as they came up with world-class innovation in the form of the Indian Premier League (IPL), which was in instant hit worldwide right after the very first season in 2008.

What made this T20 league most popular, apart from the rapidity of the format itself, is that the fact that the presence of global stars in city-based leagues attracted millions. However, despite its immense success, owing to some excellent overseas players who have taken the league to the next level, there are also a number of cricketers who have never played in the most popular T20 league in the world. Let us take a look at some of those cricketers whom we all want to see in the IPL:

Mohammad Aamer

Players from Pakistan will make it to the list, owing to their inability to play in the tournament due to restricted guidelines. The young fast-bowler was sensational when he made his debut back in 2009. However, he was convicted to have been involved in spot-fixing charges in 2010, during Pakistan’s tour of England. Nevertheless, after serving his punishment, he made his return to international cricket in 2016. Aamer’s ability to bowl fast, along with perfect variations have troubled a number of batsmen so far, making him one of the most unpredictable and unplayable bowlers. With 84 wickets from 74 T20 matches in his career, along with an average of 22.08 and a best spell of 4 for 30, Aamer is one of the bowlers who can make strong impact in the tournament.

Rangana Herath

A veteran, but an impactful player nevertheless. The 39-year-old left-arm spinner, who made his debut way back in 1999, remains a sensation for Sri Lanka till date. , Although he has been most successful in the longer version of the game, T20 is no different for him. Having played 53 T20 games, he has managed to claim 57 wickets, along with an average of 19.80, while his best spell is of 5 for 30. Being a highly economical bowler as well, he is certainly a top buy for any franchise, regardless of his age.

James Anderson

His ability to bowl fast, mixed with seam movement, depending on the conditions, makes him a dangerous bowler to be faced regardless of the format. However, Anderson has not played enough limited-overs cricker in the past, and his availability in the month of May — when IPL is on full swing — has proved to be the deterrent.  Although he has just 41 wickets from 44 T20Is, along with an average of 32.14, while his best spell is 3 for 23; he is a fairly economical bowler.

Tom Latham

Having played over 52 matches, he has more than 960 runs  at 24 and a strike rate of 128, including five half-centuries. His highest score is 82, and could certainly make an impact in the IPL for any side. Although IPL has seen plenty of Kiwi cricketers flourish, Latham could be one of those.

Mitchell Santner

In the past, Santner has shown he can excel in the subcontinental conditions. He played a crucial role in New Zealand’s qualification for the last World T20 semi-final, and also impressed in the bilateral tour later in 2016. An all-round cricketer who also puts a heavy price on his wicket, Santner can add a lot of quality to any team. Having played 28 T20 matches, he has 29 wickets, along with an average of 22, while his best spell is 4 for just 11. Santner has scored 250 runs in the 28 T20 games, along with an average of 17 and a strike rate of 124, with the highest score of an unbeaten 45.

Upul Tharanga

Another Sri Lankan who joins the frame is one veterans in Sri Lanka, in the form of Upul Tharanga. The 32-year-old batsman has made a name for himself in almost every format of the game, especially in the ODIs. Having played 78 T20 matches, he has scored around 2,000 runs, along with an average of 27 and a strike rate of 125, including 12 half-centuries, with a highest score of 83.

Moeen Ali

Moeen Ali is the unsung hero in the England camp. While the likes of Joe Root and Ben Stokes hog all the limelight, Moeen remains a silent worker who rarely goes wrong. He has played match-winning roles for England across formats, and it is time he gets his due by being given an opportunity in the IPL. In more than 100 matches for Warwickshire and Worcestershire, he has scored over 2,000 runs, along with an average of 23, and a strike rate of 129, including 11 half-centuries, while he has the highest score of 90. Speaking on his performance with the ball, he has 69 scalps from the 109 matches, along with an average of 27, while his best spell is 5 for 34.

Jonathan Bairstow

Yet another English player makes it to the cut for not having played the IPL till date. An immensely popular cricketer in the world, as well as a regular member of the English Test side, Bairstow is one of the most talented cricketers. He is also an aggressive T20 batsman, as having played around 90 matches for Yorkshire, he has about 1,500 runsat a strike rate of 124, including five half-centuries and a ton. Adil Rashid

The domination of the English players in the list continues with another player in form of leg-spinner Adil Rashid. Highly impactful in the limited-overs format, especially in the ODIs, he could prove to be lethal with the bat in the T20s as well. Having played 134 T20 matches for Yorkshire, he has 147 wickets, along with an average of 23, while his best spell is 4 for 20.

Joe Root

One of the best batsmen across formats, IPL’s qualititve factor would shoot up the day he arrives in the league. Having pulled out of the IPL 2017 auction, Root got time to plan for England’s immediate future, which included a bilateral home series against South Africa and the ICC Champions Trophy. However, with the IPL teams set to undergo a heavy makeover next year, Root will remain a hot property if he comes into the auction. However, an early start to the English summer could make matters complex.

Wahab Riaz

Another Pakistani who enters the frame is one of the most productive fast bowlers, in the form of Wahab Riaz. Riaz showcased how brutal he can be with the ball during that World Cup 2015 match against Australia, and such performances are expected off him more often than not. A wily left-handed seamer, Riaz can add a lot of firepower to any IPL side if selected.

Umar Akmal

Umar has played over 220 T20 matches, and scored more than 4,900 runs at 30 and with a strike rate of 131. He has scored 30 half-centuries and a ton, while his highest score is an unbeaten 115. He is also a wicketkeeper.

Josh Hazlewood

One of the most economical bowlers in recent times, Hazlewood would make a strong addition to any side in the IPL. Hazlewood is known for his accuracy and discipline, which would be tested to the hilt in the slam bang format.