Faded Indian Premier League XI

Faded Indian Premier League XI

These players were once the best players for their teams.

Pragyan Ojha
Pragyan Ojha. (Photo by Robert Cianflone-IPL 2010/IPL via Getty Images)

From the last 12 years, the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been a customary maze for the cricketing talents around the globe. Various budding cricketers have solved this puzzle and reached their final destination, International circuit. The acclaimed superstars of the game have also steered their careers to the path of success after crossing this labyrinth. At the start, the maze, the league looks simple and easy, but sometimes it gets convoluted for the players, as they reach dead-ends after a couple of wrong turns.

The most celebrated T20 league of the world, IPL has always provided the fans and cricketers with tons of memorable moments. In every season a bunch of unknown players become household names in a matter of 14 games. Here performances of many stars have caught the attention of the audience, but in order to retain the fame, they have to be consistent in their trade. In IPL a talent can shine like a polished gem, but he can also fade away quickly like a morning star.

Here is the best XI of the players who were once a part of the Indian Premier League but faded away with the time:

1) Manvinder Bisla

Manvinder Bisla
Manvinder Bisla. (Photo by Carl Fourie / Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The keeper-batsman from Haryana was one of the stars for KKR when they lifted the title for the first time in 2012. Manvinder Bisla shot to fame in a matter of 20 overs, as he scored a 48-ball 89, and surprised everybody with his hitting skills in the IPL final against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Very few people know that Bisla was also present in the dugout when Deccan Chargers won the trophy in 2009. In his 7-year IPL career, he has been part of 4 franchises and has played 39 matches in which he has scored 758 runs.

In 2012, the man from Haryana was not an automatic choice for the KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir. Brendon McCullum’s patchy from saw Bisla get 7 games to prove his worth, and he scored 213 runs. The right-hander became a regular in the 2013 season but failed to deliver on his promise and soon the franchise released him, and then he was traded to RCB in 2015 IPL where he played a single game.

Fast-forward to 2019, he has been doing commentary in the IPL and before that, for a couple of seasons, he played in Dhaka Premier League.