Players who don’t often get a chance to perform outside India were upbeat at the prospect of playing abroad in the second edition of the Indian Premier League. They know that moving the tournament to England or South Africa means that the teams would travel with as few players as they can because of the cost factor. But instead of being bogged down by thoughts of missing out, the players are looking forward to the challenge of impressing the coaches. HT spoke to some of these players who are not household names, but are part of various teams. The following are excerpts of what they had to say:
Sunny Sohal (Kings XI)
I’m excited at the prospect of playing outside the country. It’s going to inspire us to perform better. As for the chance of the teams not taking the entire squad out there, I’m not thinking about it.
Uday Kaul (Kings XI )
It’s going to be a great exposure. Everything, including the weather, conditions and wickets, is going to be different. It's going to be a huge learning curve for everyone.
Karan Goel (Kings XI)
It’s going to be a great opportunity for those who have not played outside India. It’s going to be a totally different experience. It will all depend on performance who goes out and who doesn’t.
Umesh Yadav (Delhi Daredevils)
I’ve never been outside India. If not for IPL, my wait to play abroad would have got longer. I haven’t thought about ‘what if I am left behind’. I feel I will go as team management have asked me to send my passport. Everyone will feel bad about not being part of the squad.
Arun Karthik (Chennai Super Kings)
It will be a nice experience for all youngsters. We have to get used to the conditions and adapt quickly. I am working hard to become a permanent part of the team, and npt thinking about being left out.
Siddharth Chitnis (Rajasthan Royals)
IPL is a platform for youngsters. Dhawal Kulkarni did well last year and got selected in the Test squad. I am looking forward to playing overseas. Playing on different types of pitches will be an experience. If I am left out, I will feel bad.
Sourav Sarkar (Knight Riders)
It’s simple. I’ve to impress the coaches in the training camp. It’s a big break and being a bowler, I’m looking forward to bowling in conditions which suit quick bowlers.
LR Shukla (Knight Riders)
The overseas aspect will add new dimension to the whole thing. About the competition to make it to the squad getting tougher, it’s something that the players have to live with.
Ashoke Dinda (Knight Riders)
Apart from looking forward to what is going to be a new experience, I’m also gearing up for the fight to seal a place in the team.
Conditions may not suit quick bowlers because of the prerequisites of Twenty20 cricket like small grounds and flat tracks, but I’m ready to face the challenge.
(With inputs from G Krishnan in Mumbai, Subhash Rajta in New Delhi and Atreyo Mukhopadhyay in Kolkata)