Former India captain Sourav Ganguly believes if out of favour Indian cricketers play well in the IPL they will get called back to the Test setup.
Retired Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly will not be playing in the IPL this year for the first time since its invention in 2008.
However, Ganguly will be keeping a keen eye on the tournament and thinks some Indian players will have a chance to prove themselves to the national selectors.
“This IPL season is an important one for senior players like Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Zaheer Khan,” Ganguly wrote on Wisden India.
“I’m sure a stunning performance in the IPL will get them back in the selector’s thoughts. Good performance irrespective of format gets noticed.”
The former India captain played for both Kolkata Knight Riders and Pune Warriors during his five years in the IPL and understands what it takes to compete on that stage.
Ganguly hit 1329 IPL runs between 2008 and 2012 at an average of 25.45, yet will now be able to enjoy the competition from the comfort of the stands for the first time.
The 40-year-old has refused to speculate on who he thinks will take the trophy home this year, but will be watching out for his former side and current champions Kolkata Knight Riders.
Kolkata will kick-start the sixth edition of the IPL today as they look to defend their title in their first match of the tournament against Delhi Daredevils.
Gambhir, one of Ganguly’s three players to watch out for, will captain the Knight Riders and will be hoping to start their IPL defence with a victory. Sehwag would have been playing for Delhi but has been ruled out of their first game with a back injury.