IPL: Kochi Tuskers Kerala’s playing XI in their last match- Where are they now?
KTK's last IPL match was against CSK on May 18, 2011.
Updated - Sep 14, 2020 1:34 pm
Who else remembered the Kerala based franchise Kochi Tuskers Kerala (KTK)? The team was a part of the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and it turned out to be their lone participation in this cash-rich league. Kochi had joined the ten-franchise league along with Pune Warriors India (PWI) in 2011 IPL after the tremendous success of the first three editions of the league.
The franchise was owned by Kochi Cricket Private Limited, a group of multiple companies, had often made the headlines for various controversies. The BCCI terminated the franchise after they failed to pay the 10% bank guarantee fee, which was supposed to be paid before the commencement of the 2011 season. On September 19, 2011, then BCCI president N Srinivasan reported that the franchise was being terminated on the grounds that it had failed to give the bank assurance.
The Kochi-based franchise had played 14 matches in its one-year stint in the league and managed to win six matches out of them. They were placed at the 8th position in the table that year and never played a match in IPL again.
In this article, we take look at the 11 players who were part of the franchise’s last match against CSK in 2011 and where they were now: –
1. Parthiv Patel
The Gujarat wicketkeeper-batsman was an important member of the squad and played all the 14 matches which the franchise played in their only season. He even captained the South Indian franchise in their last league match against CSK, but was unable to take his team past the line that day.
In the matches he played for the franchise, Parthiv managed to score 202 runs at an average of just over 20. Behind the stumps, he took 8 catches and effected only one stumping in the entire season.
After his one-year stint with KTK, Parthiv has been a part of almost all the teams of the league playing for Deccan Chargers, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Mumbai Indians and once again returned to RCB in 2018. Patel is currently in UAE training with RCB and is expected to be benched for the most part of this season as the franchise is looking to hand over the keeping responsibility to AB de Villiers.