Faded Indian Premier League XI

Faded Indian Premier League XI

These players were once the best players for their teams.

2) Swapnil Asnodkar

Swapnil Asnodkar
Swapnil Asnodkar. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The batsman from Goa was one of the finds in the inaugural season of IPL. In 2008, the Rajasthan franchise gave the opening duties to Asnodkar, and he didn’t disappoint as he and the South African legend Graeme Smith accumulated 418 runs at the top with an average of 59. The short-statured player was an unsung hero of Royal’s victorious campaign. Asnodkar was a good player and in his 4-year IPL career, he played 26 games in which he scored 423 runs.

Swapnil Asnodkar stroked a 34-ball 60 in his debut match against KKR. The right-hander became an instant hit, as he scored 244 runs in 7 ties with a strike rate of 127. Swapnil was expecting bigger things in the following season, but a finger injury kept him out of the initial games and when returned he just scored 98 runs in 8 games. After 2009, he just played 3 IPL matches. Asnodkar continued his passion for the game by playing Ranji matches for his home team, but this year he was again dropped in order to inject new talents to the side.