Five International cricketers who hardly played in the IPL
The Indian Premier League has been grabbing eyeballs ever since its inception. The creation of the league has been termed as the most prevalent masterstroke taken for the betterment of the sport of cricket. Year after year, the love and affection for this affluent tournament simply rises.
A unique quality about this league has been that foreign international stars have played for Indian franchises and given their best shot. From amateurs to well to do international cricketers, everyone has been a part of this league. It is only in the IPL that viewers will witness an Australian celebrating with a West Indian over the dismissal of a South African who represents an Indian team. Such, is the brilliance of the IPL.
The most significant aspect about the IPL has been that the overseas cricketers have got tremendous respect in India. The great Mike Hussey once said that he is respected more in Chennai than in Australia. That just speaks volumes about the generosity of the Pepsi Indian Premier League. In the IPL, a lot of young international stars have found the ideal launch pad for their careers. The first name which comes to mind is of Shaun Marsh, who was relatively unknown before the first IPL. David Miller is another such name.
However, there have been a few international cricketers, who despite finding success in the international scene have hardly played the IPL. In this article, we have a look at those cricketers-
5. MOHAMMAD ASHRAFUL:
The tainted but talented Bangladeshi batsman was picked by the Mumbai Indians in the 2009 edition of the IPL. It was a dream come true for the Bangladesh star as he was given the opportunity to share the dressing room with his idol, Sachin Tendulkar.
Unfortunately, the endowed batsman could get just one game and was then released by the franchise for the next edition. A year ago, Ashraful was found guilty of fixing games in the Bangladesh Premier League and was handed a ban. A complete waste of talent indeed.
4. JEROME TAYLOR:
This West Indian pace sensation represented the now defunct Pune Warriors India in the 2011 edition of the IPL. Considering his ability and potential, his services were underestimated by the Pune Warriors’ management who benched him for most of the time.
Taylor got to bowl in just a handful of games in the IPL. Post the IPL, his career took a turn for the worst as he was ignored by the West Indies selectors for three years. He finally made a comeback before the 2015 World Cup.
3. DAMIEN MARTYN:
There were very few batsmen around who could time the cricket ball as sweetly as Damien Martyn. Martyn was a regular in the much celebrated Australian middle order till he announced his retirement in late 2006.
After retiring, he chose the infamous path of playing in the rebel Indian cricket league. After a season or two, Martyn enrolled for the IPL, and was taken by the Rajasthan Royals in the 2010 auction. He just played one game for them in the same edition. He was one of the batsmen who were dismissed by Praveen Kumar while registering his first IPL hattrick. Martyn now is a commentator in the IPL.
2. DARREN LEHMANN:
Boof, as called by his teammates has the rarest of record to his name. Lehmann is the only individual to have won the cricket World Cup and the IPL as a player as well as a coach. Now that is some exceptional feat to have certainly.
Lehmann was bought by the Rajasthan Royals in the very first edition of the IPL. He played a few games here and there, but mostly warmed the benches. After being a part of the victorious Rajasthan Royals in 2008, Lehmann then coached the Deccan Chargers to glory in 2009. Lehmann was supposed to coach the Kings XI Punjab in 2014 but Cricket Australia prohibited him from doing so. Now, Lehmann is among the most successful coaches of Australia and his side recently lifted the World Cup.
1. BRAD HADDIN:
The Aussie wicketkeeper was a part of the Kolkata Knight Riders setup in the 2011 IPL. Haddin got just one game to represent the Knight Riders. The game was against the Royal Challengers Bangalore and in that game; Haddin got off to a start but couldn’t capitalize.
Agonizingly, Haddin was then injured and eventually replaced by the South African veteran Mark Boucher. Recently, Haddin announced his retirement from ODI’s.
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