The Indian Premier League (IPL) has always been a roller coaster ride since its inception in the year 2008. The craze of the league has been increasing every year. The tournament has witnessed the best talent from all around the world. IPL has given a lot of opportunities to emerging players from various countries. What if the IPL took place a few years before the retirement of some of the legendary players?
The cricketers who were playing in that era have no comparison to the modern-day players. If the tournament had been in those days, the list of superstars would have been different.
SIR RICHARD HADLEE (NEWZEALAND)
Richard Hadlee is acknowledged as the most intelligent fast bowler in the history of the game. He is known to have carried the New Zealand team’s bowling on his shoulders, and post-retirement, the team definitely felt short of a genuine match-winner. Hadlee became the first man to take 400 Test Wickets in 1990, and his 400th wicket was Sanjay Manjrekar. Hadlee ended his cricketing career with 151 five-wicket hauls, out of which 36 came in Test cricket. He was an absolute superstar of the game, and a perfect asset for any franchise in IPL.
IAN BOTHAM (ENGLAND)
Ian Botham was a complete package for the English team during his playing days. He was equally good with both, batting and bowling. Botham was the first to score a hundred and take ten wickets in the same Test match. Ian, during his 15-year Test career, played 102 matches took 383 wickets at an average of 28.40. He also scored 5,200 runs at an average of 33.54 and held onto 120 catches. Botham was the fastest cricketer to achieve the Test doubles record of 1,000 runs and 100 wickets, 2,000 runs and 200 wickets, and 3,000 runs and 300 wickets. He could be a player that every IPL franchise dreams of having. He is the complete package. Ian would have been a legend of the T20 game as well.
SIR DONALD BRADMAN (AUSTRALIA)
Sir Donald Bradman was a cricketer who had set such high standards of batting during his generation. Bradman was often referred to as God in Australian cricket. There hasn’t been a player who has come within an arm’s distance of his Test average (99.94). This average of 99.94 has been quoted as the greatest achievement by any sportsman. The Cricket experts selected him as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Century. Bradman’s efficiency would be a perfect fit for the glamorous cash-rich league tournament. He would have been one of those legendary cricketers who would have rocked IPL.
VIV RICHARDS (WEST INDIES)
The Jamaican legend, Viv Richards would have been an absolute crowd-pleaser in the T20 league. Franchises would be willing to pay more money to have him. Richards is known to be the greatest ODI batsman of all-time and the third greatest Test batsman in the World. He was highly appreciated for his consistency and competitive ability. He was also the first cricketer in ODI history to achieve 20 Man of the Match awards. Richards has a total of 31 to his name. He was the most destructive batsman and a fan favorite. He could’ve have taken IPL to a different level.
MICHAEL BEVAN (AUSTRALIA)
Michael Bevan is an Australian ODI legend who is known as the prototype finisher in the Test format. The Number 4 batsman has played 232 ODI matches and scored 6,912 runs. Bevan has engraved his name in the pages of the Australian cricket history as he was the one-day International trump card for Australia. A finisher like him could work wonders at the IPL, making it an even bigger hit.
NAVJOT SINGH SIDHU (INDIA)
The cricketer-turned-politician and a former Member of Parliament, Navjot Singh Sidhu, could have been a prolific batsman at the IPL. Sidhu is known to be the first Indian batsman to score more than five centuries in one day international. The indigenous Sardar was an extravagant batsman and a sensational fielder. Sindhu has played 51 Tests and 136 ODIs scoring over 7600 runs with 15 centuries in his career. He would have been a great addition to the IPL.
WASIM AKRAM (PAKISTAN)
Wasim Akram is the World’s most destructive left-arm paceman and also known as the Sultan of Swing. Wasim is recognized to be one of the founders and perhaps the finest exponent of reverse swing bowling. He was a bowler that everyone would want to become. Akram was the first bowler to hit the 500-wicket mark in the 2003 World Cup and was ranked above Glenn McGrath, Waqar Younis, Joel Garner, and Muttiah Muralitharan. He took 916 wickets in a career spanning almost two decades. The Superstar would have surely wreaked havoc in the IPL with his pace bowling, had he had a chance to play.