IPL has been a blessing for the unknown players as they get a platform to showcase their talents to the world. Players like Sanju Samson, Hardik Pandya, and Jasprit Bumrah
not only became household names due to playing in IPL but also got the chance to play for the national team. But every coin has two sides as some players hardly get a chance to
play for the team and spend the entire IPL sitting on the bench eagerly waiting for their chances.
Shardul Thakur, Armaan Jaffer, and Pradeep Sahu have not had much luck at IPL as they were released by Kings XI Punjab mid-way through the season and have been told to wait for the next four games till their future for this year is finalised.
Mumbai seamer Shardul Thakur, who was in good form in the Ranji Trophy campaign with 38 scalps for his team, vented his frustration on Twitter. The seamer is yet to get match time under his belt this season.
His post on twitter read,”Will play a semifinal t20 game tomorrow for my club parade sc..playing a game after 2 months. IPL has done wonders .. Certainly”
The pacer was bought by Kings XI Punjab ahead of the 2014 season and played only one match for the team in 2015, and even after being retained for the 2016 edition, he has failed to get a chance to play.
Axing players mid-way through the season is not new in IPL as teams usually release players when they find that the players have no chance of making the playing XI. Ramesh Powar, who played 31 ODIs for India, was once released after 5 games of an IPL season.
The former off-spinner Ramesh Powar told TOI that he was very hurt after the incident and it will be very difficult time for the players.
“I was 31-32 by then, and had played for India, but I was still hurt after being asked to go back home. For a youngster like Thakur, this can be extremely difficult to deal with. He’s an India prospect, has played for India `A,’ and by doing this to him, you’re sending him the signal that he isn’t wanted in the scheme of things for your team.”
“It can be tough for the self-esteem of a player. People come to know that you are at ‘home’ when you should be a part of the IPL. You tend to think: `why did they buy me when they didn’t want me in the first place?’ You are entitled to feel bad. I think the Board must stop this. The Governing Council must make a rule that you have to carry the players throughout the IPL,” he said.
When asked about the decision,KXIP coach Sanjay Bangar defended the move by saying that it is done by all the IPL teams.