IPL: A Boon to English Cricket?

England, the trustees of the sport of Cricket, were also the founders of the T20 cricket. They founded T20 cricket in 2003, almost after 140 years of cricket’s birth. IPL meanwhile incepted in 2008 in the wake of the now-defunct and unauthorized ICL, was launched in 2007.

However, several England players barring Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff were reluctant to play IPL in its initial years citing lack of time and commitment. Another reason was to protect their own “Vitality Blast T20 League“, which was popular back then when IPL got incepted.

But with IPL proving itself as one of the best T20 leagues in the world, the cricket boards affiliated with England decided to send their players.

So, England players such as Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Alex Hales and Jofra Archer benefitted immensely from IPL. In fact, 11 of the 16 players from the current England T20 squad are part of this season’s IPL. So, how is IPL helping England in T20Is?

1. To play spin bowling better

Previous generations’ English batsmen were poor against spin bowling. But with the exposure to the IPL, they have been playing spin bowling better than ever. A player like Eoin Morgan who initially had a weak technique against spin got his technique correct by playing spin frequently in IPL.

IPL 2020: KKR's Eoin Morgan reacts to batting at no.6 against DC in Sharjah

Eoin Morgan (Image: IPLT20 | Twitter)

2. To intermingle with cricket players across the world

With players across the world (barring Pakistan) being allowed to play IPL, there has been a good opportunity for the England players to intermingle with cricket players across the world. They also get to learn more about Indian culture too! Players like Kevin Pietersen, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Jos Buttler like Indian culture and have been vocal for the same.

3. Notice by cricket spectators watching the match

With India being a cricket- crazy country, spectators throng at stadiums in large. So, it is an added advantage to get a morale boost and love from the crowd. All of those English players, especially Kevin Pietersen got lots of love from the Indian fans.

IPL 2020: Jos Buttler looking forward to yet another stint with Ben Stokes  in Rajasthan Royals

Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler (Image: Rajasthan Royals | Instagram)

4. More cash and incentives in hand

This is a very true fact that those players who play in IPL get more salary than what they’ll earn in other tournaments. And English players are also benefitting from the same. Also, with advertisements, they get a chance to earn extra as well as become more popular in the densely populated subcontinent region.

Featured Image: Jofra Archer (Image: Rajasthan Royals | Instagram)

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