IPL: 10 stars who faded away
Many players whom we think of being the next sensation remain just a one-season wonder. Let's look at where they are now.
Updated - Apr 5, 2022 2:00 pm
The Indian Premier League (IPL) has given the young budding cricketers a huge platform and Indian cricket has benefitted immensely from it. The cash-rich league gives the youngsters a desired platform to showcase their gameplay and make a name for themselves. The IPL has given so many talented cricketers to India.
Throughout the league’s history, there have been many instances when young and lesser-known cricketers performed better than even the established international cricketers. The IPL is undoubtedly a blessing for aspiring cricketers. Players doing well in domestic cricket get to play at a level where they compete with the top cricketers of the world.
At the same time, many players whom we think of being the next sensation remain just a one-season wonder. IPL has seen so many such cricketers who get away despite being very promising. These players get replaced by new and fresh faces after being very successful initially.
We have shortlisted 10 such cricketers who were IPL stars at some stage but are not often seen now.
1. Paul Valthaty
Paul Valthaty amazed cricket fans after showing his heroics in the Indian Premier League. Valthaty made his IPL debut in the second season of the league for Rajasthan Royals. He did not get a chance in his initial IPL days but when he played for Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) he proved to be a match-winner for them.
We all remember what he did to CSK bowlers in the 2011 season. The batter smashed the CSK bowlers all over the park and scored a magnificent 120 off 63 balls. It was a match-winning knock and was also the highest individual score of that season. However, his career was riddled with injuries.
His inconsistency in his performances along with his fitness issues cost him his career. After playing several good innings for Punjab, Paul was faded away due to his constant failures. He did not get an IPL contract after the 2013 season. He suffered an eye injury that made him take voluntary retirement from the game. Currently, he works for Air India where he was hired through the sports quota.