IPL: 5 Players whose first game turned out to be their last one for the Chennai Super Kings

IPL: 5 Players whose first game turned out to be their last one for the Chennai Super Kings

These players could've done better if more opportunities were presented to them.

Vijay Shankar
Vijay Shankar. (Photo: Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS)

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are arguably the most successful franchise in the history of T20 league cricket. The team, which has lifted the Indian Premier League (IPL) silverware for three times and has won the Champions League T20 twice, is best known for its consistency and dominance, every time it takes the field. Under MS Dhoni’s leadership, the yellow army has been able to build a scintillating team culture and a huge fanbase.

One aspect, which makes the Super Kings different from others, is the faith they show on the players. The fact that the team management backs players, even during tough times, is one of the main reasons behind its success. Howbeit, there have been some rare instances when some players, couldn’t get a long rope whilst playing for CSK.

Here we bring you five players who played just one game for CSK

Arun Karthik

Arun Karthik
Arun Karthik. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Arun Karthik has been a household name in the domestic circuits of Tamil Nadu cricket. The guy, who had kicked off his cricketing career, by playing in domestic leagues of Sri Lanka in 2007, is currently playing for Kerala. The 33-year old’s cricket career has been a roller-coaster ride. Six years after he made his debut for Tamil Nadu, Karthik moved to Assam and became an integral part of the team. Three years later, he again changed his team and is eventually playing for Kerala, at the moment.

Back in 2008, Karthik had suddenly risen to limelight after he played a magnificent knock of 149 runs for Tamil Nadu on his first-class debut. This soon earned him an IPL contract with the Chennai Super Kings. Howbeit, he couldn’t make it big as he got to play only one game against the Rajasthan Royals. He was able to score only 3 runs. The Tamil Nadu-born was released in the next season.

He further went on to play for the Royal Challengers Bangalore and his last ball six against the South Australian Redbacks, during the Champions League T20 2011, has been one of the highlights of his career.