Over a decade since its inception in 2008, the Indian Premier League (IPL) has shrunk the cricketing boundaries across the nation and extended the expanse of Indian cricket to newer pastures.
While the traditional staples and breeding grounds of Indian cricket in Mumbai, Karnataka, Delhi and Tamil Nadu continue to breed and groom bulk of the talent who look to have the skill and pedigree to don the Blue Jersey for Team India, it has been very heartening to see how cricketing prodigies from the relatively unknown towns have come through the ranks and made a mark in the marquee Indian Premier League.
While, the Rohits and Rahanes from Mumbai, the Kohli, Dhawans and Pants from Delhi and the Ashwins and Karthiks from TN continue to be the poster boys in the Indian Premier League (IPL); MS Dhoni from Jharkhand, Ravindra Jadeja from Kutch and Sanju Samson from Kerala are prominent examples of small town stars rubbing horns and competing fiercely with the big town boys in this T20 carnival and become cricketing icons and role models for budding cricketers in their own state.
The biggest positive of the Indian Premier League is having cricketers from the so called ‘non-cricketing’ states like Abdul Samad (Jammu and Kashmir) and Riyan Parag (Assam) roped in by the franchises in the IPL auction and feature alongside the T20 stalwarts from both Indian and the world in the marquee T20 league This fine blend of cricketers coming form the domestic powerhouses and has worked wonders for the future of Indian cricket
IPL 13 in the UAE is once again witnessing Indian cricketers from powerhouses like Mumbai, Delhi and Karnataka lock horn with their counterparts from states who are giving the domestic giants a run for their money. While some of the state team mates will share the dressing room play on the same sides, others will battle it out with their own state comrades in this fascinating T20 carnival
So let us look at which states have the honour of fielding the most cricketers in the thirteenth edition of the IPL
Karnataka – KL Rahul (KXIP), Devdutt Padikkal (RCB), Manish Pandey (SRH), Robin Uttappa (RR), Mayank Agarwal (KXIP), Karun Nair (KXIP), Jagadeesha Suchith (KXIP), Shreyas Gopal (RR), Pavan Deshpande (RCB), Prasidh Krishna (KKR and Krishnappa Gowtham (KXIP)
Mumbai – Prithvi Shaw (MI), Rohit Sharma (MI), Shreyas Iyer (DC), Ajinkya Rahane (DC), Suryakumar Yadav (MI), Shivam Dubey (RCB), Aditya Tare (MI),Siddhesh Lad (MI) , Dhawal Kulkarni (MI), Tushar Deshpande (DC), Shardul Thakur (CSK)
Delhi – Virat Kohli (RCB), Shikhar Dhawan (DC), Nitish Rana (KKR) , Rishabh Pant (DC) , Navdeep Saini (RCB),Pawan Negi (RCB), Lalit Yadav, Amit Mishra* (DC), Ishant Sharma (DC)
Tamil Nadu – R Ashwin (KXIP), Dinesh Karthik (KKR), M Vijay (CSK), T Natarajan (SRJ), Washington Sundar (RCB), Vijay Shankar (SRH), M Siddharth, Narayan Jagadeesan (CSK), Varun Chakravarthy (KKR)
Uttar Pradesh – Kuldeep Yadav (KKR), Shivam Mavi (KKR), Priyam Garg (SRH), Kartik Tyagi (RR), Rinku Singh (KKR), Ankit Rajpoot RR), Piyush Chawla (CSK), Bhuvneshwar Kumar* (SRH)
Punjab – Shubman Gill (KKR), Siddarth Kaul (SRH), Mandeep Singh (KXIP), Manan Vohra (RR) ,Gurkeerat Singh Mann (RCB), Harpreet Brar (KXIP), Prabhsimran Singh, Arshdeep Singh (KXIP)
Gujarat – Jasprit Bumrah (MI), Axar Patel (KXIP) ,Harshal Patel and Parthiv Patel (RCB)
Andhra Pradesh – Khaleel Ahmed (SRH), Ambati Rayadu (CSK), Mohammad Siraj (RCB), Prithvi Raj(SRH), Bavanaka Sandeep (SRH)
Rajasthan – Kamlesh Nagarkoti (KKR), Ravi Bishnoi (KXIP), Deepak Chahar (CSK), Rahul Chahar (MI),Akash Singh, Mahipal Lomror (RR)
Jharkhand – MS Dhoni (CSK) , Saurabh Tiwari, (MI), Ishan Kishan (MI), Shahbaz Nadeem, Varun Aaron (RR)
Maharashtra – Ruturaj Gaikwad (CSK) Rahul Tripathi (KKR), Nikhil Naik
Saurashtra – Ravindra Jadeja (CSK), Jaydev Unadkat (RR)
Bengal – Mohammad Shami (KXIP), Wridhhiman Saha (SRJ), Shreevats Goswami
Baroda – Deepak Hooda (KXIP), Hardik Pandya (MI) , Krunal Pandya (MI)
Vidharbha – Umesh Yadav (RCB)
Haryana – Rahul Tewatia (RR), Yuzvendra Chahal (RCB) , Mohit Sharma
Kerala – Sanju Samson (RR), Sandeep Warrier, KM Asif (CSK) , Basil Thampi
Riyan Parag– Assam