Five Players Whose Career Dwindle on Being One-Match Wonder in the IPL
From the humdingers to the lop-sided encounters, rags to the riches and stalwarts to the one-match wonders — the Indian Premier League (IPL) has witnessed all since its inception, back in 2008. The familiar stories of exciting prospects have grabbed the headlines before many fell apart while trying hard to make most of the opportunities.
In between, those who hogged the limelight capitalised well before earning a national call-up.
Notably, there have been some names apart from the heavyweights. They’ve had failed to continue following their heroics in a single game.
Meanwhile, here we at Sportzwiki bring you a list of those five players who appeared as the one-match wonder in the cash-rich domestic professional league.
Yusuf Abdulla – Kings XI Punjab (2009)
The left-arm pacer from South Africa Yusuf Abdulla has made an entry in the second edition of the IPL, in 2009. The Proteas cricketer has featured at home when IPL was shifted to South Africa. Back then, India was hosting General Elections.
Coming to the particular game, during a game against Mumbai Indians (MI), the seam bowler bowled his heart out when King XI was defending a low total of 120. Even though, the resistance from Jean-Paul Duminy (59) and Dwayne Bravo, Abdulla’s heroics have won the game for his side. While defending a relatively low total, Abdulla conceded 19 runs to bag two wickets.
Overall, in games, Abdulla has snared 14 scalps in outings.
Kamran Khan – Rajasthan Royals (2009)
Kamran Khan, who represented Rajasthan Royals has made a strong case for himself in the very second season of the IPL. The former pacer was seen as the exciting prospect who too sooner went off the radar. Back in 2009, in a group stage fixture, Kamran bowling brilliantly to eke out three wickets while giving away 18 runs in his quota of four overs.
During the Cape Town fixture, Kamran who bowled splendidly well against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) saw the game ending on a tie.
Interestingly, he bowled the super over, but he went on to concede 15 off his over. In response, Yusuf Pathan’s pyrotechnics saw Royals home with three balls to spare. Subsequently, Kamran was adjudged Man of the Match for his sensational stuff with the ball.
The youngster bagged six scalps in five outing in that particular season.
Kevon Cooper – Rajasthan Royals – (IPL 2012)
In 2012, Windies all-rounder Kevon Cooper has emerged at the scene with his belligerent hitting. He has fetched the contract to represent Rajasthan Royals in the fifth edition of IPL leg.
While facing Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in Jaipur. The all-round performance from Kevon has helped Royals to win the game convincingly by 31 runs.
Overall, he scored 11 off three balls after bagging four wickets to give away 26 runs. In between, he has affected a run-out to steal the show.
Quite often, Windies recruits have lifted the spirit of many by producing outstanding results in distinct editions of the professional league, and, that too, far and wide in the cricketing nursery.
In 25 IPL matches, Cooper has accumulated 116 runs and bagged 25 wickets.
Manvinder Bisla – Kolkata Knight Riders (IPL 2012)
In the grand-finale against Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Manvinder Bisla stole the show. In 2012, Bisla took MS Dhoni-led side to the cleaners. The right-handed batsman made a massive difference with his hard-hitting prowess. During a run-chase of 191, Bisla has slammed 89 during his knock. It was attributed to eight fours and five maximums.
In overall, 30 matches, Bisla has accumulated 798 runs. After starring in the finale, Bisla has carved out a niche by emerging as a standout performer in the cash-rich league.
Paul Valthaty – Kings XI Punjab (2011)
If we’re trudging forward for climbing a summit but the road has too many obstacles which often make us ponder over and over again. In such a contrast, Paul Valthaty is a player who is one of those examples of being a one-match wonder player by going off the radar too soon.
Valthaty has slammed his maiden hundred while representing Kings XI Punjab against Chennai Super Kings (CSK). During the IPL 2011 at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium in Mohali, Valthaty remained unbeaten on 120 off just 63 deliveries.
He struck 19 fours and two sixes. Valthaty has played one of the significant knocks of his cricketing career. But, he has failed to live up to the expectations.
Meanwhile, Kings XI has crossed over the line with six wickets in hand by chasing the target of 189.
Overall, in 23 games he accumulated just 505 runs.
Tahir Ibn Manzoor
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