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True victory of the IPL in discovering talent

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Join Date: 4/23/2008
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Posted: 4/23/2008 11:10:27 PM

The talk before the IPL began was the huge figures floating around. Dhoni for USD 1.5 million (too overpriced), Symonds for USD 1.35 million (worth the money), Jayasuriya for USD 975,000 (are they paying that much for fossils too?)... and the works.

People obviously must have expected players who had earned extravagant amounts of money in such a short period of time to be worth every penny and perform their best in every match. Unfortunately, for those die hard fans, it hasn't quite happened yet.

Symonds hasn't blown away bowlers the way he did all throughout 2007. Dhoni has stuck to his post captaincy responsible role (read slow coach mode) and hasn't shown a glimpse of the 183* a rustic Indian Keeper hit in 2005 to guide his team over a 299 run target with over 20 balls to spare. Jayasuriya clearly is not what he used to be and looks like he is planning an early retirement with the money he has earned through the IPL.

Where the franchises have reaped benefits of investing money is in the raw Indian domestic talent. The likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Salunkhe, Manpreet Goni and Pragyan Ojha have proved to be worth their salt and in their own way have made a mark on the tournament.

Shikhar Dhawan has shown that he is very much capable of shouldering the responsibility of the Indian top order when the time comes for the biggies of Indian cricket to retire. Ravindra Jadeja is fast emerging as a classy finisher for all times, in all situations. Dinesh Salunkhe, who has surprisingly not played any sort of representative cricket with any association of the BCCI, along with Ravindra Jadeja has been touted by spin legend Shane Warne as the next big things.

Manpreet Goni and Pragyan Ojha have chipped in with tight useful spells, delivering exactly what their captains have asked of them.

These players must have been paid a small fraction of what their already established colleagues have earned but they are definitely ensuring that their contracts are upgraded the next time around, courtesy their flamboyant show in the inaugural edition. In that sense, it is the truest victory of the IPL.

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