IPL 2016: 10 cricketers who grabbed IPL spotlight but are no more part of the tournament

Indian Premier League (IPL) has given chances to many players to perform at a big stage alongside renowned international cricketers. There have been numerous players who performed and showed their worth in this tournament without being much successful at domestic level. But while recalling this tournament from the very beginning in 2008, we come across many cricketers who grabbed spotlight and talks of their international call also started doing the rounds post IPL. But over the course of time, they faded and are now no more a part of the cash-rich league. Abhishek Kumar lists out 10 such players and brings out their current status in life.

1.  Kamran Khan

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His first name is good enough to remind cricket lovers of Pakistani cricketer Kamran Akmal. But when Khan is added to this name instead of Akmal, very few will remember that he was one of the most promising cricketers of IPL 2009, which was played in South Africa and this guy represented the then, defending champion team Rajasthan Royals (RR). Son of a woodcutter, Kamran impressed the then coach of RR — Darren Berry in a suburban T20 tournament and was given a contract of $24,000. He became one of the rare players who made his IPL and T20 debut without having any First-Class (FC) and List A cricket experience. The below video is a little glimpse of his bowling and how effective he was. Also Read: 12 major controversies in the history of the Indian Premier League

Because of his slingy action, he was reported by on-field umpire Rudi Koertzen and Gary Baxter on May 1, 2009 after the match played between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and RR at Centurion. He further had to undergo for rehabilitation in order to improve his action. He played two seasons for RR, in which he was the part of his team in eight matches out of which he grabbed nine wickets at 19.66 with an economy rate of 7.47. He was highly rated by the then RR skipper Shane Warne. In 2011, Kamran was bought by a new team Pune Warriors but played only one match, where he was very expensive as he conceded 47 runs from his three overs. Since then, he has never been seen in IPL and interestingly, he never played any FC or List A cricket for any Indian domestic team. In fact, Kamran represented a Sri Lankan domestic team in his two FC matches— Colts Cricket Club. Later, in 2012, it was found that Kamran has become a farmer and works on his brother’s farm instead of playing cricket. After knowing this, his former mentor Shane Warne tweeted and expressed his concern.

2.  Swapnil Asnodkar

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Standing at short height of 5’5’, Asnodkar, who represents Goa in domestic cricket, was another promising cricketer picked by RR in the first season of IPL. In his very first game against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on May 1, 2008, Asnodkar impressed everyone with his 34-ball 60 knock as an opener. From there on, he remained opening batsman for RR along with former South African captain Graeme Smith. In his 20 outings for RR, he scored 423 runs at 21.15 with a strike rate of 124.77. Also Read: IPL 2016: 9 most expensive players in the history of Indian Premier League

After a successful first IPL season, Asnodkar’s form dipped and he couldn’t live up to the expectation and as a result of which, he is currently sitting outside IPL but still a part of Goa in domestic cricket.

3.  Paul Valthaty

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This Mumbai lad shocked the whole cricketing world with his batting against a very good bowling attack of CSK in 2011 edition of IPL by scoring an unbeaten 120, which was the highest individual score of that season. In 14 matches, he collected 463 runs at 35.61 with a strike rate of 136.98. Further, he played two more seasons of IPL but could only add 26 runs in his account out of the seven matches he played. Later, injuries kept him out from domestic cricket and then in 2014 IPL auction, he went unsold and since then, he has become another name in the tournament’s history who promised much with his bat. Also Read: IPL 9: 16 Indian cricketers who can target national comebacks

4.  Kevon Cooper

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Another player from RR, who made his mark in IPL but never played any international cricket. With the ability of mixing speed with medium pace bowling, Cooper was very effective for RR. In his first outing in IPL in 2012 for RR, he played six matches in which he took 10 wickets at 17.4. He remained the part of RR till 2015 and till then, Cooper had played 25 matches with 33 wickets in his name. But after the ban on RR in 2015, Cooper went unsold in IPL 2016 auction. Also Read: IPL 9: 11 youngsters to watch out for in the grandest stage of Indian T20 cricket

5.  Rahul Sharma

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Rahul is another Indian cricketer who got limelight from this tournament and further was also given chance to perform at international level by representing Indian cricket team but failed to cement his place. The lanky leggie from Punjab impressed everyone with his bowling in the 2011 edition of IPL for Pune Warriors. Till 2013, he remained one of the mainstream bowlers for Pune and in the next edition; he was brought by Delhi Daredevils (DD) in 2014 and CSK in 2015. Since CSK got banned after 2015 IPL, Rahul once again had to go through the auction, where he went unsold. So far, he has played 44 matches in this tournament in which he scalped 40 wickets at 27.15.

6.  Parvinder Awana

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The tall pacer from Delhi impressed with his bowling in his debut FC season at the age of 21 and further made his first IPL appearance in the year 2012 for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). He scalped 17 wickets in his 12 matches in that season and by the end of the year, he got the chance to represent the national side in two T20Is against England but failed to get any wicket. He remained the part of KXIP till 2015 and in 2016, went unsold in the auction which was quite surprising for a bowler who was one of the mainstays for a team. Overall, he played 33 IPL matches and took 39 wickets at 26.38.

7.  Manvinder Bisla

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This wicketkeeper-batsman from Haryana made his IPL debut in 2009 for Deccan Chargers (DC) and then for KXIP in 2010. Further, he played four back to back years for KKR from 2011-2014. He is mainly famous for his knock of 89 runs off 48 balls in the IPL 2012 final against CSK. Bisla then played one more season for KKR but failed to live up to the expectations and in 2014, he played only one match. In 2015, he was brought by RCB but played only two matches, in which he couldn’t impress much. Overall, he has played 39 IPL games and scored 798 runs at 21. This year, he once again came into auction but went unsold.

8.  Morne van Wyk

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This South African wicketkeeper-batsman is known for his big hitting abilities and did well for KKR, for whom he played only one season in 2009. Van Wyk represented them in five matches in the second season which was played in South Africa and collected 167 runs at an impressive average of 55.66. After that, he was never picked by any IPL side in the auction but he is still one of star players in South African T20 circuit.

9.  Pragyan Ojha

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This was probably the biggest shocker when Ojha went unsold in the auction of IPL 2016. He has been one of the most consistent wicket-taking spinners in the Indian cricket and has also won purple cap in 2010 by taking 21 wickets from 16 games. His downfall started after his action came into the scanner and this led him to play only one match for Mumbai Indians (MI) in 2015. Overall, he has played 92 IPL games and grabbed 89 wickets at 26.20.

10.  Manpreet Gony

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This tall hit-the-deck-hard bowler from Punjab impressed everyone in his debut IPL season of 2008 by claiming 17 wickets to his name in 16 games for CSK. He further played two more seasons for CSK and then was brought by DC. There he played for two more seasons but didn’t get many games. In 2013, he was picked by KXIP and played eight matches for them but took only seven wickets with a very unimpressive economy of 9.14.

(Abhishek Kumar is a cricket devotee currently staffing with Criclife.com. He can be followed on Twitter @abhishekkr2593 and on Facebook at abhicricket.kumar)