Forgotten Heroes of IPL
Forgotten Heroes of IPL: The Indian Premier League or more famously called the IPL. The recent which season 11 is knocking the door as we all now that the player’s auction had happened on January 27 and 28 in Bengaluru. All the eight franchises had bought a lot of renowned internationals as well as some national new players. A lost of the franchises don’t look to purchase old players; they instead might prefer buying young and fit players. Due to this type of policy of IPL teams, most of the fans have forgotten their past heroes of IPL.
As the new season just got done, and there were some players who were underrated. In this article, we will mention all the various players who were part of multiple franchises in some seasons and how they were forgotten.
1) Paul Valthaty
One of the mot underrated players is Paul Valthaty. Everyone started talking about this player after he scored a score that was the winning of the century against the two-time IPL champions Chennai Super Kings while playing for the team Kings XI Punjab back in the year 2011. He played as an opener for the side since 2012. He was part of some of the few cricketers who took about four wickets as well as scored a good half-century in same IPL matches. Even though after the IPL 2012 season none of the IPL franchises showed their interest in buying him ever again.
When we consider the history of IPL, it seems like almost that in most of the intense games, the older players have little chance to play. The heroes that once have helped their respective teams to clinch the title were left out in the next season.
He was a very crucial player for KXIP till the year 2012 when he uses to open the innings. He was also said to be as a great opener as his sudden rush in top-level cricket took everybody by surprise. He was one of the few IPL all-rounders he took four wickets and scored a half-century in the same match. Unfortunately, since 2012, he hasn’t been picked by any IPL franchise. In his IPL career, he managed to score as much as 505 runs in 23 matches at an average of 23 which also includes a swashbuckling century and a couple of the fifties as well.
2) Manvinder Bisla
In the year 2011, he was signed by the IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders. He was put in the position of the wicket keeper of KKR in the first five matches as Brad Haddin was trying to join the cricket team. He opened the very first batting with the legendary Jacques Kallis from the country of South Africa and also like a shared a partnership of 145 with Kallis. In his first season for KKR back in 2012, he played about 7 matches and scored 213 runs with a one-half century in the final game of the cash-rich league.
He played a tremendous match-winning knock of 89 runs from just a few like 48 deliveries against the famous Chennai Super Kings in the finale grand match of the IPL in the trendy 2012 season to guide his team to its maiden title win. He received the honorable Man of the Match award for this magical match. He was a critical part of KKR till 2014, and after that, he played for the Royal Challengers Bangalore back in 2015 but only represented in these two matches. After the season he didn’t get into any kind of team in the IPL.
Forgotten Heroes of IPL: He is an Indian cricketer who used to bowl left-arm fast-medium in the past. He had played in the Indian Premier League for Rajasthan Royals and later Pune Warriors, and represented Uttar Pradesh and Colts at a national level.
After impressing the one and only Darren Berry, the Rajasthan director of coaching, in a suburban Twenty 20 tournament, Khan was given a critical contract worth about $24,000 with Rajasthan for just the second season of the IPL. He made his Twenty 20 debut before playing a first-class match. Kamran also got the instant fame and success after he guided his team to victory in an edge-of-the-seat thriller against Kolkata Knight Riders. Though after the year 2013 he left cricket for some very unknown reasons.
4) Swapnil Asnodkar
He is also an Indian first-class cricketer who plays for the team Goa. He formed a powerful opening partnership with South African captain named Graeme Smith. But by the end of the tournament, they had scored just 418 runs together at an average of only 59.71 – the highest of this tournament. In the very seven IPL matches he played, he scored 244 runs at 34.86 with a strike rate of 127.08. On his IPL debut against their rival team Kolkata Knight Riders, he scored about 60 runs from just 34 balls. Though he still plays for the Goa team he could not continue his earlier form later in the career.
5) Siddharth Trivedi
He is also a very underrated player in the IPL. Back in the inaugural season of the IPL back in the year 2008, the legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne who lauded the 25-year-old quick bowler who used to bowl in the past with an unconventional slinging action. After his big show in the IPL, the cricket pundits were considering him as a prospect of Indian bowling line-up. Though after a poor 2013 IPL season, the quick bowler lost his colour and went out of contention and didn’t get any chance after that. Later he also admitted that he took money from bookies during the 2013 IPL scandal.
6) Ross Taylor
Forgotten Heroes of IPL: Ross Taylor was one of the overseas players in IPL for about seven seasons. He played well for Delhi Daredevils, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Pune Warriors but played just about 54 games. He scored a whopping 1017 runs in his IPL career at an average of 25.42 with the help of 3 fifties. He was only known for his flicks over mid-wicket and played a very crucial role in the RCB campaign which qualified to semis. However, he went just in 2015 auctions despite his base price been about halved.
7) Munaf Patel
He was India’s World Cup hero of 2011 who led a successful career with the ball in the mighty IPL before he was sadly left out after 2013 season.
India’s World Cup hero of the year 2011 led a very successful career with the big ball in the IPL before he was sadly left out just after the 2013 season. Munaf Patel played for the Rajasthan Royals in the first three seasons before having to move to the Mumbai Indians for the next three years. He served as a lead bowler for both teams, with Munaf picking up a whopping 73 wickets in 61 games at an average of 22.47. He picked up some wickets at a strike rate of 17.9, which was the highest for an Indian pacer with minimum 70 wickets and only behind Malinga and Bravo in overall. After the 2013 tournament, he lost his good form and fitness hence went far from the League.
India’s great World Cup hero of 2011 who had led a successful career with the ball in the IPL before he was sadly was left out after the year 2013 season. Munaf Patel played for the Rajasthan Royals in first three seasons before moving to the Mumbai Indians for next three years. He served as the fantastic lead bowler for both teams, with him picking up 73 wickets in just about 61 games at an average of just 22.47. He picked up some wickets at a strike rate of about 17.9, highest for any big Indian pacer with minimum 70 wickets and only just behind Malinga and Bravo in overall. After the year 2013, he lost his form and fitness hence went far from the League.
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Mahela Jayawardene was also one of the many Sri Lankans refused by the Indian Premiere League teams. This veteran Sri Lankan batsman named Mahela Jayawardene was one of the very many Sri Lankans who were refused by the IPL teams. Mahela played in the IPL for team Kings XI Punjab in first few seasons, Kochi Tuskers Kerala in 4th and followed the playing for Delhi Daredevils in next two before they sidelined in 2014 and 2015. Mahela captained teams even in the presence of star Indian players during his stint. In 80 matches, Mahela scored 1802 runs of just an average of 28.60 with the help of 10 fifties and a century.
9) Kumar Sangakkara
Forgotten Heroes of IPL: Kumar Sangakkara was one of the essential overseas players to play in the IPL. This Sri Lankan wicket-keeper batsman Kumar Sangakkara was almost one of the critical overseas players to play in the IPL. He then later went on to play for the Kings XI Punjab and the Hyderabad franchises in his six years in the IPL career. He even went on to lead his sides throughout the seasons. In their 71 matches, he scored almost 1687 runs at an average of just 25.95 with about ten fifties before been ignored like the other Sri Lankans.
The veteran then went on to the Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene and was one of the many Sri Lankans who were unfortunately refused by the IPL teams. But, Mahela played in the IPL for Kings XI Punjab in the first three seasons, Kochi Tuskers Kerala in 4th and then followed playing for the Delhi Daredevils in the next two before getting sidelined in 2014 and 2015. Mahela led teams even in the presence of big stars who are also Indian players during his stint. In the 80 matches, Mahela scored a whopping 1802 runs at an average of just 28.60 with the help of about ten fifties and a century.
10) Tirumalasetti Suman
Famously known as T Suman or simply just Suman, this talented right-handed batsman from Hyderabad hogged the limelight with his super duper batting ever since his Under-19 days. Later on, he went on to become an integral part of the Hyderabad T20 squad than in the IPL.
Suman uses to worship Damien Martyn, and that was the sole reason he groomed himself as a useful middle-order batsman who could bowl some off-spin according to the need. He was the consistent and the number 3 batsman for the Deccan Chargers and he also surprisingly took about five crucial wickets in the 2009 IPL season. In the year2010, he smashed 307 runs from 14 matches with two half-centuries and five unbeaten innings.
However, after every passing year, the opportunities dried up for him as he played 17 matches in the next couple of years. Pune Warriors India bought him in the year 2013 only to leave him high and dry a year later when the franchise finally dissolved under controversial circumstances.
11) Venugopal Rao
Forgotten Heroes of IPL: In the year 2008 IPL, Venugopal was signed up by the IPL team Deccan Chargers and went on to score about 288 runs in about 11 matches at an average of 36.00. He struck a magnificent 42-ball-71 against the Kolkata Knight Riders at the very famous Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, which remains till now his highest score in the IPL.
Rao couldn’t manage to play the last role in the coming two seasons but made up for all the lost time in 2011 in Delhi colours. In that season, Venu’s average was just around 28.00 in 14 matches at a strike rate of a whopping 120 with the help of 30 boundaries and 13 sixes. He was also the second highest run-getter for the Daredevils in that season. A demoralising 2013 and a retiring 2014 for the team of Sunrisers Hyderabad meant he was slowly but surely sinking.
12) RP Singh
RP Singh has always been one of those bowlers who stood in the top 10 wickets takes the list in IPL. He has been one of those bowlers who stood up in top 10 wickets take the list in the IPL. Despite that, he has also been ignored since 2012. However, he was later on picked for the Mumbai Indians in the year 2012 and Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2013 but only just as a replacement for his injuries. He played a very crucial role for Deccan Chargers in title gaining in 2009 season. He played for this side till the year 2010 just before being bought by the Kochi. RP Singh then went on to pick up 87 wickets in about 78 matches at an average of only 25.59 and stood at 8th place in the highest ever wicket-takers list of the IPL.