5 Players who played well in the IPL but failed at the international level
These five players were sure to be successful at the highest level, but couldn’t quite live up to the expectations.
Updated - Dec 9, 2018 8:45 pm
The Indian Premier League (IPL) has successfully provided the platform to the dozens of players, their capabilities and their skills in front of the world in its over-a-decade-long history. Some of the players who did well in the subsequent editions of the league, while also performing in the domestic circuit simultaneously, have earned national call-ups in the past. Today, this league has grown to prominence so much so, that doing exceedingly well in it alone can earn you a berth in the national side.
It is because of the IPL that India got its spin-twins in Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. There have been many players who, like this duo, were picked by their respective countries for international encounters because of their domestic form and good IPL performances. Some of them replicated their performances from the IPL at the highest level, while some failed to do so.
Here, we take a look at the 5 players who failed at the International level despite doing well in the IPL:
5. Dwayne Smith
The Barbados boy has been an important part of the cash-rich league over the last few seasons. He can be an asset for any given team, or that is what his IPL performances suggest. Windies, on the back of Smith’s illustrious numbers in the biggest T20 league in the world, decided to show more of him at the international level, but to everyone’s disappointment, the 35-year-old always looked out of sorts.
His numbers at the highest level, as compared to the IPL, are extremely poor. In the 91 IPL matches he has played, Smith has amassed almost 2400 runs at an average of over 28 and a brilliant strike-rate of over 135. He also has as many as 17 fifties to his name. But after donning the Windies jersey, he has been quite a disappointment for his team with averages of 18.19, 18.57 and 24.62 in T20Is, ODIs and Test matches respectively.