5 Forgotten talents in IPL history
These players were talented but slowly faded away in the cash-rich league.
Updated - Oct 4, 2019 7:22 pm
IPL provides a platform for the youngsters to showcase their mettle. Many players have gone on to represent their country, thanks to excellent performances in the tournament. The new players also get to learn from the presence of the international level players in the team. This has made the tourney a perfect grooming ground.
There have been many instances from the past, where youngsters took the floor by storm in their debut season. However, for a variety of reasons, many of them failed to repeat that performance. The burden of expectations, injuries and disobeying rules has been a reason for the decline of most of such players.
On this note, let us take a look at 5 such players, who had a dream season but gradually faded away afterwards
1. Paul Valthaty
Paul Valthaty had a dream season for Kings XI Punjab in 2011. He was made to open the innings and made his presence felt. The right-hander scored a belligerent 63-ball-120 against a potent Chennai Super Kings attack. His overall tally was 483 in that season, making him the sixth-highest run-getter of the tournament.
However, his performance only declined since then. In 2012, he could only score 30 runs in 6 games. He played a solitary game in 2013, where he scored 6 runs. Though his talent was on par with good batsmen, injuries at regular intervals hampered his growth.
He has been playing for Air India’s cricket team, where he was employed under sports quota. However, it is a pity to see such a waste of talent just because of injuries.