Today we talk about the IPL Players not seen in IPL 2020. Indian Premier League (IPL) has been a platform that has launched Indian cricketers into the stratosphere of World Cricket. Since its inception in 2008, it has acted as the testing ground for young talents who have the drive and hunger to succeed at the biggest stage. Adjusting to new grounds and contributing to a team environment- these are the two biggest lessons that IPL can impart to a new player.
Meanwhile playing alongside cricketing heroes whom they have admired after watching them on the Television set can be intimidating for the young players. However, on the flip side, it allows him to learn the tricks of the trade from the horse’s mouth itself.
Since 2008 Indian Premier League has given rise to extremely successful cricketers like Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, and Hardik Pandya who have been able to translate their success in the IPL into success in International Cricket. But there have also been cricketers who have not been able to live up to the hype and expectations that surrounded them and have somewhat faded into cricketing obscurity. Following is a list of some of those one-season-wonders in the IPL, the IPL Players not seen in IPL 2020.
Whenever the tag one-season-wonder arises, the first name that comes to mind is that of Paul Valthaty. This opener came into the limelight in 2011 for Kings XI Punjab when he played a blistering knock against the defending champions Chennai Super Kings scoring 120 runs off 63 balls. He opened the innings for Punjab and more often than not would dazzle the fans as well as the opposition batsmen with his attractive stroke play.
The selectors took notice of his magnificent run in the IPL where he scored almost 460 runs. However, as does happen with all good things they come to an end quite quickly. The opener could not replicate his form in the successive seasons and would get dropped from the team. Since then no one even remembers the exploits of the opener or his whereabouts either. Among the IPL Players not seen in IPL 2020.
Manvinder Singh Bisla
The architect of Kolkata Knight Riders’ first IPL win in 2012 against Chennai Super Kings, this unheralded opening batsman from Punjab who would be used as a wicket-keeper by Gautam Gambhir as well would be best remembered for a magnificent 89 in the final contributing to the winning cause. His explosive stroke-making was one of the X-factors that made KKR a potent and threatening team throughout the entire campaign of the Indian Premier League.
Bisla since then was a part of the KKR set up for one more season. However, he never could reach the heights expected from him then on and faded away from the scheme of things. His knock remains one of the finest knocks ever played in an IPL finale. Among the IPL Players not seen in IPL 2020.
When International Cricketers who have mesmerized the world with their dazzling stroke play were finding it difficult to maintain their composure and adjust to a completely new format in cricketing terms, there was one Indian 24-year-old youngster who would be pulverizing the opposition bowling attacks and playing them with relative ease.
Swapnil’s blistering knocks at the top alongside the calm presence of someone like Graeme Smith was instrumental behind Rajasthan becoming the first team to lift the Indian Premier League trophy. With a talent having been realized at the big stage, much was expected from Asnodkar who never really managed to live up to the hype created by that inaugural season. Among the IPL Players not seen in IPL 2020.
This tall leg-spinner who was famous for his ripping leg breaks was a part of the now-defunct Pune Warriors India team and managed to pick up 16 wickets in a season. Rahul troubled the batsmen with the awkward height from which he delivered the ball and the turn which he could extract from the pitches. However owing to his inconsistent performances, he was dropped from the national team after a few sparse performances here and there. Among the IPL Players not seen in IPL 2020.
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