Rasool, Aparajith and the long wait

What of men like Jalaj Saxena and Rishi Dhawan, part of the Mumbai Indians, a powerhouse of a squad if there's one? True, they did give young Jasprit Bumrah a go, but to break into the XI of a side that is good enough to keep a domestic stalwart like Dhawal Kulkarni on the bench, or not have room for a Pragyan Ojha when only one spinner is required.

updated: April 10, 2013 18:19 IST
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There are certain things that are guaranteed in every edition of the Indian Premier League. Big name players will set the stage alight; paeans will be sung to any slightly older cricketer who does well with anchors falling over themselves to declare that "Twenty20 is not just a young man's game"; Chris Gayle will be the epitome of cool and will win matches for Royal Challengers Bangalore; there will be a major controversy or three; and somewhere within the cricket being played, there will be a space for a previously unknown player to shine.

While Gayle being Gayle is always worth dropping everything else for, it is the last possibility that will keep me most glued to the action this year.

Before the season began, every franchise signed up several uncapped domestic players, and nearly each one has at least one name - often more - who I hoped would get a chance to shine at some point in the tournament.

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