Evolution of IPL has been a big blessing for young cricketers in India. Every second kid in the country holds bat & ball dreaming of winning the crowd over but very few of them get to perform in front of thousands untill this tournament came around in 2008. First class cricket in India continues to be ignored but IPL means a stage equivalent to International and happy career for sure..
Upto 2012 season, Chennai Super Kings had played 81 matches in IPL and Suresh Raina has played all of them. Subramaniam Badrinath is one player who never cemented his place in Indian national side but for Super Kings, he's got a career he'll be proud of, although he's made to sit some times and hence Raina crossed him over. Another Chennai superstar, the captain MS Dhoni, has quickly got up the ladder
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are two other youngsters who've learnt a lot from IPL and now are using the experience at highest level. Virat has played all matches Royal Challengers Bangalore have played till the 5th season.
IPL also means a platform for retiring cricketers internationally to feed their never dying love for the game. Adam Gilchrist quit playing for Australia by the time IPL came around and he's been mentor of Deccan Chargers and Kings XI Punjab since then, playing 60 IPL matches which is the most by any non Indian cricketer.
Dinesh Karthik, RP Singh and Robin Uthappa are few other Indian caps who've had a truncated international career but continue to make name in IPL.