(From left) Karun Nair, Sanju Samson, and Kedar Jadhav could be close to a national call-up © IANS, Facebook
(From left) Karun Nair, Sanju Samson, and Kedar Jadhav could be close to a national call-up © IANS, Facebook

The Indian Premier League (IPL) usually sneaks in at the conclusion of India’s domestic and International season. Ankur Dhawan lists three players who should be ripe for picking by Indian selectors at the end of the 2015 season of the IPL. IPL 2015: Top 10 veterans who have done consistently well since IPL 2008

In its seven editions, the world’s premier cricket league has become a springboard for many an India cap. It has consistently thrown up little known gems who would’ve been lost in the wilderness of Indian cricket otherwise. Fringe players have enhanced their reputations and basked in the limelight that the Ranji Trophy fails to offer. It has helped others tweak their cricket careers with the likes of Pravin Tambe becoming an inspiration for all those unwavering souls slogging away in club cricket without much reward, except the unalloyed joy of playing the sport. IPL 2015: Top 5 ICC Cricket World Cup successes to watch out

1. Karun Nair, Rajasthan Royals (RR): For a player who pleases the purists with his classical stroke play, Karun Nair punched above his weight in the 2014 IPL season for Rajasthan Royals. So much so that Nair outscored his partner in crime, Ajinkya Rahane, in terms of runs and strike rate. Nair amassed 330 runs at an average of 33, striking at 142.24 runs per 100 balls. Either side of IPL 7 Nair scored runs by the bucket in Ranji Trophy. Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015: Statistical Preview ahead of IPL 8

Although the 2014-15 Ranji Trophy season was not as fruitful to begin with, he made telling contributions at the business end of the tournament, with a couple of useful scores in the semi-final against Mumbai and a ground-breaking triple century in the final against Tamil Nadu. Nair was only the second player in the history of Ranji Trophy to score a triple hundred in a final. Nair capped off the season with another couple of fifties in the Irani Cup game that followed. He enters IPL 2015 at the peak of his power and on the threshold of an India call-up. A successful tournament for RR should further boost his chances of donning the Indian jersey soon. IPL 2015 schedule: IPL 8 match time table with venue details

2. Sanju Samson, Rajasthan Royals (RR): Earmarked as the next big thing on the block at the tender age of 17, Sanju Samson has already acquired a cult following among Indian fans. There is a lot to like about Samson, who had a successful Ranji Trophy 2014-15 season for Kerala, scoring his maiden First-Class double hundred along the way. For a player oozing uncommon élan to also having an insatiable appetite for “big daddy hundreds” is an encouraging sign indeed. Time at one’s command to tackle pace bowling is the mark of potential greatness, which Samson has in abundance. IPL 2015: Five Indian newcomers who can make a big name in IPL 8

Being a wicketkeeper helps his immediate cause further. Now, with the retirement of MS Dhoni from Test cricket, India finally have to deal with life like the rest of the world. Samson could be the answer to Indian cricket’s biggest predicament. His performance for Rajasthan Royals In this year’s IPL will be closely monitored and it could be a career-defining season for the elegant right hander. IPL 2015: CSK, KKR, RCB, KXIP, MI, RR, SRH, DD full team details in IPL 8

3. Kedar Jadhav, Delhi Daredevils (DD): Kedar Jadhav has been on the radar for an India call-up. In fact he flirted with International cricket fleetingly in an inconsequential One-Day International (ODI) against Sri Lanka last year. In the mould of Brendon McCullum, Jadhav played one of the most eye-catching innings of the Ranji Trophy 2014-15. His 81 off 86 balls in the fourth quarter-final against Andhra came on a minefield at Rohtak, almost doubling the second-highest individual score of the match. Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2015: Fresh team set sights on bigger awards

Surprisingly, he has featured only sporadically for the “Double Ds” during the IPL, often batting at a number too low down for him.  It is incomprehensible why Jadhav, who scored a 29-ball fifty on IPL debut, has faced a measly 304 balls in 33 matches, which amounts to a little more than nine balls per innings and points to grave underutilisation of his talent. Considering their dwindling fortunes Delhi will do well to assign Jadhav a better batting position to begin with. IPL 2015 Previews

(Ankur Dhawan is a reporter with CricketCountry. Heavily influenced by dystopian novels, he naturally has about 59 conspiracy theories for every moment in the game of cricket. On finding a direct link between his head and the tip of his fingers, he also writes about it)