IPL might be one of the most anticipated tournaments for cricket lovers, but for some players, their debutant season proved to be the last one as well. Many of the great players have given consistent power plays in IPL but not all live up to the expectations.
The eleventh season of IPL has more than 330 uncapped players, the largest pool compared to all other seasons. Some of the veterans will be playing their last IPL like Shane Warne and Chris Gayle.
Now the IPL 11 almost on us it’s time to have a quick flashback at players who were not able to make a mark despite given the opportunity in the IPL.
Let’s have a look.
The former Test star is probably one of the most stylish right-hand batsman known for his excellent cover drives. Damien Martyn has a patchy IPL start after he was picked by the Rajasthan Royals as a replacement for Graeme Smith.
Shane Warne picked him to strengthen the Rajasthan play but things didn’t go as planned for Martyn. He made his debut against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Chinnaswamy stadium. Rajasthan Royals were at 27/1 when Martyn walked on the crease but he was too slow to catch up with the game. He went down in the 17th over contributing only 19 runs off 24 balls. That game saw Rajasthan bundling at just 92. In defense, RCB chased the target without losing any wicket.
After the game, Martyn flew back home marking the end of his IPL career.
Included in the Mumbai Indians team, Andre Nel played for just one game. Brought in as the replacement for Dwayne Bravo to play against Delhi at their home ground in Feroz Shah Kotla, Nel was supposed to be a game changer.
Mumbai was defending the score of 176 against one of the strongest batting lineups in that IPL season with likes of Dhawan, Gambhir, and Sehwag. Mumbai was able to get an expensive wicket in form of Sehwag in the second over but then the pair of Gambhir-Dhawan kept the run rate under check. Nel was given chance in the fifth over but he was greeted with hard knocks by Gambhir who stuck a four and a six on the first two deliveries. Nel had the last laugh however when he dismissed Gambhir on the fifth ball.
Anyhow, Mumbai Indians lost the game to DareDevils with one ball remaining to spare. It was the last time South African fast bowler was seen in IPL. He remained unsold the next season.
Perhaps one of the most famous Pakistan cricketers, Younis Khan needs no introduction. A gentleman of the game, Khan was picked by Rajasthan Royals in the inaugural season of IPL but he remained seated in the first 13 games.
When the team finally made it to the semi-finals, Rajasthan tried Khan against the Kings XI Punjab. In the game backed with a brilliant century of Shaun Marsh Punjab gave a target of 221 runs to Rajasthan. Fight out Royals had a tough start with the loss of Mohammad Kaif in the second over. Khan walked in to take on the charge but on the crease, he found it hard to rotate the strike.
Unfortunate for him we were not able to hold for longer and was dismissed in the fifth over by Irfan Pathan. Rajasthan Royals lost the game by 41 runs and it was the last time we saw Younis Khan in IPL.