London, Mar 1: Former IPL chairman Lalit Modi feels Indian players like Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Mohammed Shami, R Ashwin and others have immensely benefitted from the Indian Premier League and it was one of the reasons for their success at international level.
Praising the Indian team for its performances in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand, Modi said the side was winning games due to the experience it gained by playing "high pressured" matches in IPL.
Modi, founder and architect of IPL, wrote on his website lalitmodi.com, "Obviously the heroes of the campaign (in World Cup) thus far have been Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli with the bat, Mohammed Shami and Ashwin with the ball.
"Interestingly, all of these boys learnt the art of playing cricket under the arclights and under intense pressure thanks in no small measure to (any guesses) their stints in the Indian Premier League (IPL)."
He continued, "Believe it or not 60 days of playing high pressured matches with and against the best in the world is an education in itself. It is a christening like no other and that is the reason we have the best-of-the-best in the world cueing up to ply their trade in the IPL."
Modi also cited England ODI captain Eoin Morgan's example of giving importance to IPL than international cricket. He quoted him where Morgan said IPL had helped him grow as a cricketer.
Further, Modi said India's batting had blossomed because of IPL. The result of 300 plus scores was due to IPL.
"The intense competition, the ability to remain calm under pressure, the innovation and competitiveness are all intangible by-products of the IPL and no one can deny that. All the sixes that you see, the creativity with the bat and the skills with the ball, the players have perfected is by playing IPL. Not many will give the due credit.
"But look at the number of times India have scored 300 plus totals in ODI cricket and you will realise what IPL has done to our batting.
"India's ODI cricket has risen to new heights primarily because they have raised their game by playing the IPL. World Cup titles, Champions Trophy crown and World Twenty20 appearances are just confirmation of our growth as a limited-overs nation."
IPL was launched in 2008 with 8 teams. Now it is in its 8th year. In 2015, the tournament will be held from April 8 to May 24.