Seven (one season) wonders of the IPL!!!
Updated: Jul 25
One season wonder- This is one common word that you come across frequently in a franchise cricket model. The following are the list of players who came into the limelight when they stepped onto the bigger stage of IPL and grabbed headlines initially with their stellar performances but failed to perform to the earlier built expectations in the further seasons and slowly faded away.
The swashbuckling opener had an excellent season with Kings XI Punjab in 2011. He amassed 463 runs at an excellent strike rate of 137 in that season. He even scored a memorable century against the CSK, which is one of the all-time great innings of IPL. He proved to be the right foil for the West Indian southpaw Chris Gayle who topped the batting charts for the most number of runs in that season. He scored meager runs in the next season and faded away from the spotlight.
The lethal left-arm seam bowler from Delhi had a fantastic domestic season, which paved his way into the India U-19 team in 2008, which clinched the trophy in Malaysia. The Delhi Daredevils rewarded him with an IPL contract for his stellar performances. He picked up 15 wickets from 13 innings at a miserly economy rate of 7.71. But sooner, his performances started declining, and the positive results in drug tests lead to a ban from cricket for 18 months. Since then, he couldn’t make a mark for himself in the domestic circuit and IPL as well.
The southpaw, who hails from the same state as MS Dhoni shared a similar hairstyle with him in his old days. He had an incredible outing with Mumbai Indians during the 2010 season. He, along with Rayudu was the mainstay in the middle order for MI in that season. He scored 419 runs at a decent strike rate of 135.59. He represented various teams in further seasons but couldn’t replicate the success he had with MI again. He also represented India in the ODIs but couldn’t shine well at the big stage.
The tall, well-built lad from Punjab had a fantastic outing with the CSK in the first season. He was the go-to-man for Dhoni whenever he needed a wicket. He picked up 17 wickets at a very cheap economy of 7.38 and hit some lusty blows with the bat as well. As a result, he earned a callup for the Indian team but couldn’t replicate the IPL success at the international stage. His performances declined further, and he slowly disappeared.
The inaugural IPL season saw the young, vibrant Rajasthan Royals under the captaincy of Shane Warne clinch the title. Asnodkar was one of the bright prospects to come out of that season. He was the right partner for Smith and piled up 311 runs at a decent average of 34 at a healthy strike rate of 133.47. Touted as the next big thing in the Indian cricket, he didn’t have a successful season with the bat after that and faded away.
The left-arm seamer hailing from UP, spotted by Shane Warne, represented Rajasthan Royals in 2009. He grabbed the headlines for his slingy action and his match-winning performance in the Super Over against KKR, claiming the victory for his team. He claimed six wickets from 5 innings in that season but was in the limelight for his swing and yorker skills. Then he came under the scanner for suspect action, and his career went spirally downward from there.
The one name the CSK fans still hate. He was the force behind the silencing of the crowds at Chepauk that night. His excellent innings where he scored 89 runs of 48 balls helped KKR beat CSK on their home turf and clinch the IPL trophy in 2012. He was the surprise package that evening as he replaced the injured McCullum at the top of the order. The CSK bowlers had no answers for his tremendous batting all around the ground. He came out of the blue that night and vanished at the same speed into the darkness.
About the Author
The post is written by Aravind . Aravind is a graduate from IIM Visakhapatnam and an avid cricket enthusiast. He follows the game with great passion. More than mere watching, he likes to analyze the game deeply and write blogs.