10. B McCullum, CSK

With McCullum being in the latter half of his career, many didn’t expect CSK to buy him in 2014. However, the Kiwi dasher became a vital cog of the team.

9. G Gambhir, KKR

KKR fortunes changed drastically after they signed Gautam Gambhir in 2011. The southpaw guided the franchise to two IPL titles.

8. S Asnodkar, RR

Asnodkar is one of the many one-season wonders in IPL. The Goa-born batsman played an instrumental role in taking Rajasthan Royals to the title in the inaugural season.

7. Paul Valthaty, KXIP

Valthaty became the talk of the town after smashing a match-winning ton against CSK in IPL 2011. Although he’s no more in the scenes, he proved to be a signing for KXIP (now PBKS).

6. Glenn Maxwell, KXIP

IPL 2014 was Kings XI Punjab’s (now Punjab Kings) best season as they reached the final. Australian dasher Glenn Maxwell was instrumental in Punjab’s success that season.

5. A Rayudu, CSK

CSK surprised many by signing Ambati Rayudu in the IPL 2018 auction. However, the batter justified the decision by playing several magnificent knocks.

4. Ricky Ponting, MI

Ponting became Mumbai Indians captain after retiring from international cricket. Although he couldn’t do much as a player, he was brilliant in the coaching department.

3. Harshal Patel, RCB

Patel has been sensational in the 2021 season of the IPL. In seven games, the right-arm pacer has picked 17 wickets for RCB.

2. A Symonds, MI

With Harbhajan Singh in the squad, many didn’t expect Mumbai Indians to sign Andrew Symonds in 2011. The Aussie dasher, however, failed to make much impact.

1. Chris Gayle, RCB

Arguably the greatest T20 batsman ever, Chris Gayle went unsold in IPL 2011 auctions but RCB picked him midway in the tournament. Well, the rest is history!