The 2017 Indian Premier League auction is nearly with players that were 351 set to go below the hammer to get the opportunity to take part in the largest T20 League on earth. There are a significant few players who can be an integral part of the list once more and have featured in title successes on several occasion.
- Manvinder Bisla-2 In the nine IPL finals that have been played so far, only a handful have seen an Indian rise up to the occasion and contribute to a team’s win in the final. In the 2012 final between the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Chennai Super Kings, that is exactly what happened as while chasing a total of 192 to win the crown for the first time, Manvinder Bisla decided to take the stage to announce himself.The right-hander smashed a 48-ball 89 to take the yellow brigade completely by surprise and along with Jacques Kallis helped the Knight Riders stun the two-time champions and win the title for the first time in their history.However, that proved to be the last bit of performance the Bisla gave, despite also being a part of the squad, when they won in 2014 as well
- Subramaniam Badrinath-2
One of the best batsmen to emerge out of India’s domestic system, Subramaniam Badrinath was a key yet an underrated component of the Chennai Super Kings in the initial years of the League.The 36-year-old was part of two triumphs while representing the Chennai Super Kings in 2010 and 2011 and bettered his performance from previous each year when he was part of the setup.
In 2010, Badrinath scored 356 runs in 16 matches at a strike-rate of 117 and then the following year, he amassed 396 runs in 16 matches at a strike-rate of 126, helping his side win a second straight title.For his ability to come in difficult circumstances and rescue the side, Badrinath was tagged the ‘Umbrella Man’ of the side.
Considered to be one of the underrated heroes of India’s 2011 World Cup triumph, Munaf Patel has tasted a fair bit of success in the IPL as well, winning two titles, one each with the Rajasthan Royals and the Mumbai Indians.In 2008, the Royals entered the competition as complete underdogs but under the inspired leadership of Shane Warne, punched above their weights to overturn every prediction against their favour to seal a memorable triumph against the Chennai Super Kings in front of a packed D.Y.Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.
Patel bagged 14 wickets in 15 matches, playing a key role along with the likes of Sohail Tanvir and Siddharth Trivedi to take his team all the way in the season. Then 5 years later, Patel, this time playing for the Mumbai Indians won his title but did not play as big a role as he did in 2013, playing a mere 4 matches and picking up 3 wickets. It is also the last season where he featured in the multi-team League.
4.Pragyan Ojha-3 IPL titles
It can be said that the IPL was responsible for Pragyan Ojha’s selection into the Indian team in 2008. The left-arm spinner was one of the bright spots in an otherwise dismal season for the Deccan Chargers, picking up 11 wickets in 13 matches.The following season proved to be his best so far in his IPL career as he took 18 wickets in 15 matches to finish as the 5th highest wicket-taker and help the wooden spooners from 2008 win the title in South Africa.Then a few years later Ojha moved from southeast to far west, where playing for the Mumbai Indians, he lifted his second IPL crown, picking up a couple of wickets in the final to help his side overcome the Chennai Super Kings in Kolkata.Post that, Ojha came under the spotlight for a dodgy action and expectedly took time to settle into his new action. Although he featured in the Rohit Sharma-led side as they won their second title and his third, he could hardly make a decisive contribution in the win.