The IPL is majorly a platform for little
known cricketers to make a name for themselves. In the last 14 seasons, we have
seasons many cricketers who first came into the limelight when they came to
play the Indian T20 league which is one of the most followed sports leagues in
the world. IPL treats cricketers without any biases and prejudice. Here talent
from across the world meets and strives for excellence.
The league’s popularity in India saw the corporate world making a beeline to engage with it. Due to this season, several
cricketers went on to become millionaires overnight. In IPL’s history, there
are rags to riches stories which warm our hearts.
Revealing another such story, renowned
West Indies cricketer turned commentator Ian Bishop brought an interesting story
of Rovman Powell to the fans’ fore.
In the IPL 2022 mega auction in
February, 28-year-old Powell was bought for Rs 2.8 crore by Delhi Capitals.
This season, Powell played eight matches for the franchise so far and did
wonderful job as a finisher. His late blitzkrieg, a typical hard-hitting
batting resembling former West Indies greats, has already impressed the cricket
In a discussion on ESPNCricinfo, Bishop
shed light on Powell’s humble background and the struggles he went through.
“If anyone has the opportunity of 10 minutes
to spare, go and look at Rovman Powell’s life story – a video on YouTube. You
will see why so many people, including me, are happy that this guy has gotten a
taste of the IPL. He has come from humble beginnings. He promised his mom that
he will take them out of poverty when he was still in secondary school. He is
living that dream to do that. Great story,” said the legendary West Indian.
The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) has
produced a documentary on Powell, narrating how his family (single mother and
younger sister) went through plenty of hardships. Bishop spoke highly of
Powell’s batting abilities and has predicted an even brighter future for the
“I was trying to think back about his
hundred against Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali in the Caribbean. He averaged 43
against India with these same spinners in India last February. He has improved
a lot, is very good against seam and shows a great temperament,” said Bishop.