Over the history of the game, we have seen numerous cricketers of Indian origin play for another country. Especially with the rise in the number of associate nations, Indian-origin cricketer playing for different nations is becoming a common-place event.
Indian Premier League is a tournament that has its core principle in employing only four foreigners in the XI. On one end, IPL is providing entertainment value with this rule, and on the other, the young Indians are getting a massive opportunity to test their skills at the highest level. In this article, we talk about one Indian-origin cricketer whom each IPL franchise can sign if they are given the domestic quota.
Chennai Super Kings – Karthik Meiyappan
A young leg-spinner who represents UAE, Karthik has his origins rooted in Tamil Nadu. He is a promising player and has already done well in some games. With him on offer on domestic quota, CSK could have played him instead of Imran Tahir and had an additional overseas quick bowler in the XI.
Delhi Capitals – Gurinder Sandhu
Gurinder Sandhu was in great form a few years ago but has somehow lost his mojo now. Nevertheless, had he been available in the domestic quota, Delhi Capitals could have used him as a reserve Indian pacer.
Kolkata Knight Riders – Rachin Ravindra
Rachin Ravindra is a left-handed batsman who can also bowl left-arm orthodox spin. He is an upcoming cricketer who travelled in the New Zealand squad to England for the three-match assignment. The player looks to be a good fit for KKR.
Mumbai Indians – Tanveer Sangha
Tanveer Sangha recently made it to the Australian Team after good performances in BBL. For a team like Mumbai that has few options in the spin department, Sangha could have been useful.
Punjab Kings – Ish Sodhi (One of the best active Indian-Origin Cricketer)
Punjab Kings are short of experienced spinners in the squad. Both Murugan Ashwin and Ravi Bishnoi are uncapped and could tend to leak runs. Hence, a player like Ish Sodhi under domestic quota would have been great for them.
Rajasthan Royals – Hashim Amla (One of the best active Indian-Origin Cricketer)
Hashim Amla might have retired from the game, but he is still showing good form in County Championship. Had he had the domestic quota, he would have surely been playing in IPL. Rajasthan Royals would benefit from an experienced cricketer like Hashim Amla.
Royal Challengers Bangalore – Ravi Bopara (One of the experienced Indian-Origin Cricketer)
Ravi Bopara has been part of IPL in the past. Representing Kings XI Punjab, he did have a few memorable games in the competition. However, the Englishman’s form has dipped now. Nevertheless, he still participates in many T20 leagues across the globe. He would be a fine signing for RCB if he was considered a domestic cricketer. Bopara can add strength to the lower middle-order and RCB could have afforded another foreigner in the bowling unit.
Sunrisers Hyderabad – Senuran Muthusamy
Senuran Muthuswamy is a South African cricketer who traces his roots to Tamil Nadu in India. The player has already made his Test debut for the Proteas. An all-rounder, Senuran is a good left-handed batsman and also bowls left-arm orthodox spin. He would be a fine partner for Rashid Khan in the spin department and will also add strength to the batting order.