Three successful international players who just played a single season in the IPL

Three successful international players who just played a single season in the IPL

These players have garnered a lot of praise in their international career.

Bangladesh Mashrafe Mortaza
Bangladesh cricket captain Mashrafe Mortaza. (Photo by LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

The slam-bang cricket first came into the limelight when T20 WC was played in the year of 2007. As the tournament progressed the impetus and charm of the new form also increased exponentially. In India, the popularity of the format went through the roof when the Men in Blue reached the podium by beating the arch-rivals Pakistan in a nail-biting finale. By the end of this carnival fans rooted for more of the same action and with that the advent of T20 leagues began around the globe and IPL was one of them.

The bandwagon of Indian Premier League started in the year 2008 with 8 teams consisting of rookies, pros, and legends from around the world, playing the game and sharing dressing rooms together. The league became an overnight success story as it received the cult following from the first match itself and the audience adored this fast-paced curriculum. Last year the IPL completed 11 years of coursework with its share of rights and wrongs along the trail. Now it is time for the 12th chapter of this fairytale.

During all these years many overseas players had the opportunity to be a part of this new Indian festival and each of them has a success story of their own. Most of the time established players have multiple stints with the franchise but there are some names who were successful international players but they didn’t have a second stint in the IPL.

The following are three successful overseas players who just played a single season of IPL:

Andrew Flintoff

Andrew Flintoff of CSK
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – APRIL 18: Andrew Flintoff of Chennai during (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

The Three Lions have been lucky in getting the services of some great all-rounders throughout their cricketing history and the names in that list include Trevor Bailey, Sir Ian Botham, Andrew Flintoff, and Ben Stokes for now. Popularly known as Freddie, Flintoff was a game-changer for England and his heroics in the 2005 Ashes are part of cricket folklore. Flintoff had raw pace and hard-hitting abilities which is the primary requirement for T20 cricket.

He wasn’t picked in the inaugural edition of IPL due to his frequent breakdowns but played in the 2nd edition for CSK. Flintoff played only 3 games and he generated good numbers, but unfortunately, he got injured in a match against DD and after his rehabilitation, he decided to retire from all forms in 2010. Though he had average numbers in T20Is he would have tasted success in IPL with his abilities but sometimes stars don’t align properly.