Indian Premier League: From heroes to zeroes

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Published: Saturday, May 5, 2012, 14:05 [IST]
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IPL: From heroes to zeroes

Bangalore, May 5: In its fifth year now, Indian Premier League has seen the emergence of stars. While some have stayed on for the full stretch of five years, there are few who have vanished as fast as they have appeared.

IPL was started in 2008 with much fanfare in Bangalore. The inaugural edition witnessed a huge surge in viewership, the later years have slowly seen the dwindling of interest.

Unknown Indian players and some overseas, made a name for themselves with some magical performances in the shortest format of the game.

One man which immediately strikes everyone's mind is the diminutive opening batsman from Goa, Swapnil Asnodkar. The right-handed youngster blossomed under the captaincy of Australia spin legend, Shane Warne at the Rajasthan Royals.

Asnodkar was hailed as one of the future stars after raking up good scores in the inaugural edition. But five years into the tournament, Asnodkar is missing from any of the IPL teams.

Warne was so impressed with Asnodkar that he gave him the name “Goa Cannon.” But the 28-year-old has now gone quiet and has disappeared from the IPL scene.

Asnodkar's fearless batting fetched him 311 runs from nine games in 2008.Though he was a key player in Goa's Ranji side, it took IPL to get noticed.

IPL in 2008 was also a great one for few other players. Rajasthan's Pakistan fast bowler Sohail Tanvir won the Purple Cap with 22 wickets. It was also a memorable one for Chennai Super Kings paceman Manpreet Gony (17 wickets). He was Chennai's leading wicket-taker in 2008. He now plays for Deccan Chargers, but is not a regular.

Gony would always be indebted to IPL for giving him the India cap. But as it has been seen over the years, playing in IPL and at the international stage has a huge difference.

While some talented players make the progress to the big stage, the rest fall by the wayside. Gony was one of them, who could not handle international pressure and was a forgotten man after just two ODIs for India.

All-rounder Joginder Sharma, the man who bowled the last over in 2007 Twenty20 World Championship final against Pakistan and won the trophy for India, is another in the list of missing IPL stars.

Joginder, who still is in Chennai squad for 2012, has come nowhere to replicating his first year's showing with the ball. He had a decent IPL 1 with eight wickets from eight games but struggles to make the playing XI today.

Sri Lanka all-rounder Farveez Maharoof too enjoyed a good run with ball in 2008 with Delhi Daredevils. He had 15 wickets from 10 matches but is out of the reckoning now.

In IPL 2 in South Africa, we had young left-arm fast bowler Pradeep Sangwan of Delhi excelling with 15 wickets from 13 games. An India Under-19 World Cup winner in 2008, Sangwan is with Kolkata Knight Riders for IPL 5 but yet to get a game.

Other notable names during 2009 were T Suman (Deccan Chargers, 237 runs in 12 games) and South Africa left-arm paceman Yusuf Abdulla (Kings XI Punjab, 14 wickets, 9 games).

In 2010, there were three overseas players who made it big. England players Michael Lumb (Rajasthan, 278 runs, 11 games), Ravi Bopara (Punjab, 248 runs, 10 matches) and Paul Collingwood (Delhi, 203 runs, 8 games) enjoyed success in IPL 3. The trio is not seen in IPL 5.

The biggest gainer of IPL 4 was Punjab opener Paul Valthaty. With 463 runs in 14 matches, Valthaty won a Volkswagen Passat car for the Best Individual performance of IPL 4. That honour was for his sensational 120 not out off 63 balls against Chennai Super Kings.

This year, he was woefully out of form in the few games he got and finally was shown the door. He also had to go through the humiliation of being sent back home by Punjab without any reason recently.

Also in IPL 4, Royal Challengers Bangalore quick bowler S Aravind shone brighter with 21 scalps from 13 matches, which took him to India squad. However, he did get a chance to represent the national team. Left-arm spinner Iqbal Abdulla too shared the bowling honours in 2011 with 16 wickets from 15 games.

Aravind, this year, has not been preferred by RCB. In the only game he played against Rajasthan, he was hammered for six successive fours in one over by Ajinkya Rahane. Aravind later got injured and is ruled out of IPL 5.

Well, with just over 20 days for the curtains to come down on IPL 5, we wonder how many top performers from this year return for IPL 6.

Here is the list of some forgotten IPL players

  • Sohail Tanvir (Rajasthan Royals) 22 wickets in IPL 1 (Purple Cap winner)
  • Manpreet Gony (Chennai Super Kings, now with Deccan Chargers) 17 wickets in IPL 1
  • Swapnil Asnodkar (Rajasthan) 311 runs in IPL 1
  • Tirumalasetti Suman (Deccan, now with Mumbai Indians) 237 runs in IPL 2
  • Pradeep Sangwan (Delhi Daredevils) 15 wickets in IPL 2
  • Yusuf Abdulla (Kings XI Punjab) 14 wickets in IPL 2
  • Michael Lumb (Rajasthan) 278 runs in IPL 3
  • Ravi Bopara (Punjab) 248 runs in IPL 3
  • Paul Collingwood (Delhi) 203 runs in IPL 3
  • Paul Valthaty (Punjab) 463 runs in IPL 4
  • S Aravind (Royal Challengers Bangalore) 21 wickets in IPL 4
  • Iqbal Abdulla (Kolkata Knight Riders) 16 wickets in IPL 4


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