Despite all that went on in the just-concluded season, there is one thing that stood out yet again — the boys growing into men by the end of each edition. To me, this is the T20 League’s core strength.
There are many routes to make a name and the League is certainly up there with the rest. The likes of Virat Kohli, Unmukt Chand and Irfan Pathan rose into prominence through big U-19 tournaments like the World Cups at a brisk pace but some others are taking an even quicker route — the League.
Here it must be mentioned that while performances in the League can create an impact, the fact that it is a T20 tournament means that the real depth of a player cannot be judged based on such showings.
What success here can do and has done is to give the concerned youngsters a platform from which they can launch their careers.
Say for instance someone like Sanju Samson, who left an all-round impression for the Rajasthan Royals. A lot more people now know he exists but the challenge for him lies in not getting carried away.
Should he use the confidence acquired by playing alongside and against proven players to perform well in the Ranji Trophy, he will have passed the test. Expectations will be high and he will have to surpass them if he is to take full advantage of this showing.
Similarly, someone like Hanuma Vihari of the Sunrisers needs to cash in and show that he is above the equality that the T20 format provides.
The shortest version of the game means that everyone can be a performer as you don’t have to sustain anything for long. Many people can be brilliant for a moment but the true worth is known only when you put up a sustained effort.
The trick here is not to be desperate to cash in when the opportunity comes your way but to be honest to one's talent. There is sometimes an inclination to make the best of the television coverage and try too hard to make an impression.
More often than not you end up failing. Instead, like Mohit Sharma said so nicely on television, stick to what you know best, try and put that alone into action and success will follow.
The writer is a former India pacer