Maharashtra has given a lot of pedigree players to the Indian Premier League and the Indian cricket team. The thing that has worked for Maharashtra’s cricketers is the tournament structure that they go through here in the state.
Players like Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble, and Rohit Sharma are the few names that hugely promoted the brand of IPL. It will not be wrong to say that these superstars have been running the IPL business for years.
However, Maharashtra and Delhi are the most prominent states that drastically contribute to superstar cricketers. The Ultimate athletes of Indian cricket like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar belong to these two states.
Maharashtra state teams consisting and divided into three divisions Vidarbha, Mumbai, and the state named Maharashtra side are the domestic tournament appearance making fumes. The competition to achieve a place in the state team is no less than any National side dressing room slots.
Many youngsters in Maharashtra got inspired by the native vintage cricketers of the state, like Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar, and Munaf Patel. And the names are now making or have made their fate for the Indian cricket team through IPL.
Let’s take a look at the top 5 names among them!
#1 Rohit Sharma (MI)
Rohit Sharma is among the big brands of Indian cricket who sharply built his popularity from the stage of the Indian Premier League. He had appeared for the Mumbai team in the domestic circuit. In IPL, he has played 214 matches and scored 5653 runs with a stinging strike rate of 131.
He is the second-highest individual to appear in as many games in the IPL. He scored a lone ton in the IPL against Kolkata Knight Riders in 2012. Also, he is the current skipper of Mumbai Indians, and he made it the most successful franchise of the tournament in his leadership stint of 8 years.
#2 Shreyas Iyer (KKR)
The new skipper of Kolkata Knight Riders has started its domestic journey with the team of Mumbai. He has migrated to Maharashtra from the south Indian region and started playing cricket here. In the Indian Premier League, he made his entrance through the franchise of Delhi Daredevils.
His lucky hands in the batting have taken him to the door of the Indian cricket team. Now he has gained membership in all three international formats for India. Since 2015, he has appeared in 88 matches and scored 2395 runs. Here are his five top innings in the tournament.
#3 Sachin Tendulkar (MI)
Sachin Tendulkar is the name that doesn’t need any introduction to the cricketing fraternity. He has led Mumbai Indians for 4 seasons, and after that, Rohit Sharma took over the captaincy from him. He has played in 78 matches in IPL and scored 2334 with a decent average of 34.8.
Sachin is among the few batsmen who initiated the century era in the Indian Premier League. He led Mumbai Indians to the finals on two occasions but unfortunately failed.
#4 Ruturaj Gaikwad (CSK)
A highly flamboyant youngster who has freshly stepped into the international cricket sphere through the pathway of IPL. He debuted for Chennai Super Kings in 2020 and showed a few glimpses of his batting.
And, now he has become the chocolate boy of CSK’s management and has been retained for two seasons. He is currently captaining the team Mumbai in domestic cricket and leading the way for them.
#5 Rahul Tripathi (SRH)
“Rahul Naam Toh Suna Hi Hoga” is what the Indian cricket fans were obsessed with in the last season, when he took KKR into the finals of IPL 2021 by hitting a last-ball six in a play-offs encounter against DC.
He has played 62 matches in the Indian Premier League and made 1385 runs into it. He isn’t less in the quality or skill compared to the above players, but his inconsistency made him highly underrated for selecting the Indian cricket team.