Left to Right (Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul, Nitish Rana, Karun Nair, Surya Kumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Iqbal Abdulla, Ben Cutting, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shivil Kaushikand Marcus Stoinis)
Left to Right (Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul, Nitish Rana, Karun Nair, Surya Kumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Iqbal Abdulla, Ben Cutting, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shivil Kaushikand Marcus Stoinis)

The recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 gifts Indian cricket some top-notch players in every edition. In fact, IPL gives these players a golden opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the greatest cricketers of all time. IPL becomes the starting point for them to make a mark and show their credibility that moves them to international arena. Learning and understanding the game, they create an impact that leaves the Indian selectors impressed as well as puzzled. Previous edition found emerging cricketers such as Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah, making entry to international cricket early this year. This edition also saw some stellar performance from players who have made the cut to international stage already, while others who have catapult themselves to proceed to the next level. Let’s have a look at the ones who have left indelible impression in the viewers’ minds: Full Cricket Scorecard: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2016 Final

1) Rishabh Pant (Delhi Daredevils): Pant has already made himself prominent for national side at Under-19 level. In the third game in IPL, he showed what he is capable of. Pant could never cement his place in DD playing XI, given the team composition DD boasted of. His game-changing knock of 40-ball 69 not only showed what he was capable off but was also rightly rewarded Player of the Match. He ended his debut IPL with 198 runs off 10 matches.

2) KL Rahul (Royal Challengers Bangalore): Virat Kohli was not the only Indian who impressed everyone with his heroics. KL Rahul, also, cracked up with his Indian counterpart to bring some excitement to the game. The Karnataka batsman had a successful IPL season, as he went all guns blazing this summer. With a strike-rate of 146.49, the talented player scored 397 runs in 14 games at an average of 44.11, which included four fifties. He remains the perfect call for Zimbabwe tour this month.

3) Nitish Rana (Mumbai Indians): Rana might not have started off on a positive note but was one of the brightest batsman for MI as the tournament progressed. His 70 against Gujarat Lions (GL) caught eyes of many and that makes him enter this list as well. The 22-year-old amassed 104 runs in the tournament. Rana plays for Delhi in the domestic front, and also, took everyone by storm with his impressive performance in Syed Mushtaq Ali 2015-16. He smashed 21 sixes (the most by any player in the tournament) and guided his side to semi-final.

4) Karun Nair (Delhi Daredevils): Nair has been one of the most consistent batsmen in IPL 9 edition. He scored 357 runs, which includes three fifties to his name. This  shows why he could be the next best player to make it to the national side. His innings of 83 against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) has been the highlight of his performance in IPL 9. He, as a matter of fact, did not earn his name through IPL, as he plundered a triple-century during Ranji Trophy 2-14-15 edition.

5) Suryakumar Yadav (Kolkata Knight Riders): The vice-captain for KKR played vital role in the side. Over the years, Suryakumar has outgrown himself; and, this time he garnered 186 runs in 15 matches. His reputation to get runs in crunch situations has been the key to success for his franchise. He has boosted the middle-order fulcrum and has left many in awe with his fielding abilities as well.

6) Krunal Pandya (Mumbai Indians): MI could not have found the best all-rounder for their side, who took this edition by storm. His 37-ball 87 against DD shows the potential he carries. His wrong ‘un stunned many that helped him to scalp 11 wickets in IPL 9. He scored 233 runs in 11 matches at an average of 46.60.

7) Iqbal Abdulla (Royal Challengers Bangalore): He not only showed talent with the ball but also with the bat at crunch time. Abdulla has been the find of IPL right since the inaugural edition of this tournament. With that match-winning knock against Gujarat Lions (GL) is what has kept him in this list. Yet another domestic find who can make it big with his spin for India.

8) Ben Cutting (Sunrisers Hyderabad): The Australian fast bowler earned credits for SRH’s first ever win in IPL final. If one needs to remember Cutting, it has to be 117-meter six that toppled off the stadium. Though he made his debut in IPL 2014, he gained accolades for his performance this edition. He not only was lauded for his batting ability but showed skills with the ball as well, picking up 5 wickets.

9) Kuldeep Yadav (Kolkata Knight Riders): Kuldeep, the left-arm orthodox and chinaman bowler was key to KKR’s win in most of the matches. Knowing KKR have maximum spinners on their side, they decided to explore Kuldeep’s bowling mastery.

10) Yuzvendra Chahal (Royal Challengers Bangalore): A match was reduced to 15 overs. Chahal decided to rip apart Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) with his four-for, ensuring rains did not provide any aid to the opponent. His consistency in this entire tournament has earned up his name for the Zimbabwe tour, keeping the spirits high for staying in the national side. At one point, he even reached the stage of highest wicket-takers in this season, until Bhuvneshwar Kumar decided to play the spoil sport. He ended his IPL season with 21 wickets at an economy rate of 7.97.

11) Shivil Kaushik (Gujarat Lions): The Indian version of ‘Paul Adams’ made his debut in this season and grabbed the eye balls because of his unusual bowling action. The young chinaman bowler tried various ways to concede runs and was successful with it, as he grabbed 6 wickets from 7 matches. He was at the top when he took 3 wickets against KXIP. He also tried to tilt the game against SRH, until Warner ruled the match and took away the victory in style. He was bid to GL for INR 10 lakh.

12) Marcus Stoinis (Kings XI Punjab): It can be comfortably said that Stoinis was the go-to man for KXIP in vital junctures. He manage to pick 8 wickets from 7 matches and scored 147 runs in his debut season. Stoinis has played in Sheffield Shield for Victoria and even managed to score 170 against Tasmania that led his way to Australia A.

(Shruti Hariharan is a Content Writer with CricketCountry. You can follow her on Twitter at @Shruti_2890)