Former Australian bowler Brad Hogg is convinced that the Sankar Cement Tamil Nadu Twenty20 Premier League is a great place for youngsters to grow and develop into better cricketers. The former chinaman bowler forms his opinion after observing it from close quarters as a TV commentator for the TNPL over the last two years. “I think it (TNPL) has a great standard of cricket. But the youngsters here got to make sure that they learn from one year and come back to better cricket in the next. So it’s all about the growth of young cricketers,” he said.
The 48-year-old Hogg says TNPL has already made an impact in Indian cricket with some of them making it to the Indian Premier League. Fast bowler Thangarasu Natarajan, all-rounder Sanjay Yadav, mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy, wicketkeeper-batsman Narayan Jagadeesan are among the players who have made it to the IPL teams on the basis of their excellence in TNPL.
It is a great opportunity for the youngsters
“It is important that you have these guys go out to the region simply because these kids get exposed to big-name players. So, you’ve got Vijay Shankar, you got Murali Vijay as well and a couple of other big names down here. It also is a great opportunity for some of these youngsters to show their stuff on the big screen and a lot of them are starting to get other contracts as well,” he said.
Left-arm spinners M Silambarasan (Dindigul Dragons), Ramadoss Alexandar (Chepauk Super Gillies) and Sai Kishore (Ruby Trichy Warriors) have caught Hogg’s eye from the initial round of games but the Western Australian feels these bowlers will have to keep working on their talents and strengths to make it to the next level.
“Sai Kishore, the left arm off-spinner and young Alexander, there’s something about him. He has got a little bit of craft as well. I like what I see in him in the shorter format. Silambarasan is another player that has caught my eye. Obviously there are other names that have played IPL and have been on the big stage. But they are just showing their talent at the moment. They have to continue that talent.