IPL 2020: Five one-season wonders from the Indian Premier League
With the IPL 2020 auctions only a few days away, we look at five stars who failed to take off after a promising season in the India’s top T20 event. 1) Paul Valthaty
Perform or perish is the mantra in most competitive spaces but professional sports is perhaps the pinnacle of this cut-throat environment. Many players fade away despite having the abilities because of the performance pressure that comes with mainstream sports. That perhaps best explains the one-season-wonder phenomenon where a player, often unexpected to perform, have a remarkable season but can’t sustain that in the following years.
The IPL have had such stories too since the first season in 2008. The T20 competition is arguably the most popular club cricket competition in the world with costly, assembled teams taking one each other in a two-month-long league + knockout format. With the IPL 2020 auctions only a few days away, we look at five stars who failed to take off after a promising season in the India’s top T20 event.
1) Paul Valthaty
The top-order batsman shot to fame in IPL 2011 when he smashed a stunning century for Kings XI Punjab against Chennai Super Kings in a match. The little-known Valthaty became an overnight star as people started calling for his selection in the national team. His 120* remains one of the greatest IPL innings of all time.
The Mumbai-born cricketer had a successful season scoring 463 runs in 14 matches (average of 35.61 and a strike rate of 136.98). Valthaty also picked up seven wickets with his medium-pace bowling and had Indians believing he was the next big thing in Indian cricket.
But the batsman could not come up with the goods in the following season and scored just 30 runs in the 2012 edition. That was the end of a promising career with the Mumbai man failing to impress in the domestic circuit.
2) Rahul Sharma
The lanky leg-spinner began his IPL career with a bang. His debut season with the Deccan Chargers was impressive before shifting to Pune Warriors India. In this first season, he grabbed the headlines when he took the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar and consistently came up with economical bowling spells.
Sharma was even called up to the national team where he played four ODIs and two T20Is. But unfortunately, he was tested positive for narcotics after being detained at a Mumbai party. The incident a promising career and the bowler has been without a team since.
3) Sudeep Tyagi
Like Rahul Sharma, Sudeep Tyagi is another athlete whose career failed to take off despite making it to the Indian team. The pacer from Uttar Pradesh was hot property in 2009 where he took 10 wickets in a domestic match. He performed well for the Chennai Super Kings in the 2009 edition of the IPL which was played in South Africa on good, bouncy surfaces. He went on to play four ODIs for India but he failed to find a spot in the CSK squad and was on the bench for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2013.
4) Pradeep Sangwan
Pradeep Sangwan was called the next 'Wasim Akram' of Indian cricket at one point, with is performances in the domestic circuit earning him rave reviews. His performances in the domestic cricket earned him a spot in the U-19 World Cup in Malaysia which India won eventually.
The left-arm medium pacer picked up 15 wickets in 13 matches in the 2009 edition of the league for the Delhi Daredevils. But the pacer could not sustain that level in the next season with batsmen scoring easy runs off him.
In 2013, Sangwan was tested positive for a banned substance which saw him suspended for a period of 1.5 years. That marked the end of a promising career which failed to take off after the 18-month period in the sidelines.
5) Swapnil Asnodkar
The diminutive opener from Goa was one of the key batsmen for the Rajasthan Royals in the 2008 season where they won the title. His opening partnerships with Graeme Smith worked wonders for the team led by Shane Warne. He scored 311 runs in the 9 innings, at an impressive average of 34.55 and strike-rate of 133.47. However, a poor run in the following season resulted in him fading out of the tournament. The Goan batsman is no longer in the team for his state showing a massive dip of form.