New Delhi: Players like Parvinder Awana (Kings XI Punjab), Shahbaz Nadeem (Delhi Daredevils), Debabrata Das (Kolkata Knight Riders) and Mandeep Singh (Kings XI Punjab) have done reasonably well in domestic cricket, but their showing in the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has made them stars overnight.
Ask any franchise management and they will say that the outstanding performances of these little-known players have not come as a surprise to them. They take credit for scouting for these youngsters. They are no longer non-entities, they are in the thick of things along with the overseas and Indian stars playing in the Twenty20 tournament.
Delhi medium-pacer Awana had to struggle for recognition. He has come a long way in five years of first-class cricket and today he is hurt that national selectors did not think he is good enough to go with India A team to West Indies despite logging in 57 wickets last season. "Obviously, when you get 57 wickets in the domestic season, you expect a call-up. I was hurt initially but this rejection has made me even more determined to perform better in the next domestic season," he was quoted as saying.