IPL: 5 cricketers who gradually faded away
These players were once fulcrums of their respective IPL franchises.
Updated - Apr 27, 2019 12:00 pm
The Indian Premier League (IPL) is a make or break platform for many of the youngsters these days and Indian cricket has benefitted immensely from this. The T20 tournament provides the perfect platform for the deserving youngsters to showcase their game and make their case for an international debut. Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravi Ashwin are some of the exceptional gifts from the IPL to Indian cricket.
At the same time, many one season wonders led us to believe that they may come for more in the upcoming editions of the prestigious and cash-rich championship but that never happened and unknowingly, they faded away from our memories and have been exceptionally replaced by some fresh faces. We have now prepared a list of top 5 IPL players who faded away gradually. Let’s have a look at it.
Paul Valthaty was an eye-opening sensation back in 2011, who shot into limelight when he smashed the CSK bowlers all around the park en route to a 63-ball 120. Not only did he help Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) seal the victory but also ensured that his stupendous knock remained as the highest score of the season. However, injuries have always been a part of Paul’s career and not to forget, erratic performances too.
His inconsistency coupled with his fitness was a major issue for the teams and consequently, he lost out on a contract in the cash-rich league post 2013 and to make things worse, Paul last featured in a One Dayer for Air India in 2014 and since then, he has been featuring in local cricket competitions to make his ends meet. Valthaty’s innings of 120 will forever be etched in the minds of every true cricket fan but it hurts to accept the fact that, after that one season, all he did was fade away.