MUMBAI, May 16 -- The IPL virtually becomes the epicentre of world cricket every year, and player auctions are star-spangled affairs in the lead up to it. But the T20 tournament also shines brightly due to the thoroughness of each team's eagle-eyed scouts.

The manicured grounds from where they shortlist players on the fringes of international selection may lead to interesting buys on auction day, but there are gems unearthed and polished from less modest venues.

Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya, who played stellar roles in Mumbai Indians being crowned IPL champions for a record fourth time and will be key to the country's World Cup prospects, were far from the limelight when ex-India coach John Wright spotted them, convinced they will go ...