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IPL Forgotten Players - Where are they now?

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Since its inception more than a decade ago, IPL has changed the way cricket is being played and players outlook towards the game. During its 12 year stint, IPL has made many superstars and fulfilled the dream of many young cricketers. But there are few sorry and forgotten tales in between as well.

 

Below are the list of players whom we perhaps have forgotten from IPL:

 

1) Swapnil Asnodkar -

Very few players have lit up the scene like Asnodkar did in the inaugural edition of IPL. When most Indian players were trying to figure out how the T20s work, a diminutive wicketkeeper-batsman from Goa made all heads turn. He scored 311 runs at a strike rate of 133.47 playing for Rajasthan Royals under the captaincy of Shane Warne. However, in the next season he was not impressive and could only score 112 runs in 7 matches. His name also appear in match fixing but investigation found him not guilty. However, he was never picked in any side since then. Last year, he silently retired from the game and took charge as the coach of the Goa U-23 team.

 

2) Paul Valthaty -

He was considered find of 2011 IPL when he scored 463 runs with a century playing for Kings XI Punjab. He scored a brilliant 120 runs in just 63 balls against Chennai Super Kings chasing 189. The impact of that knock led to his selection for India Blue in the Challenger Trophy. But everything was about to go downhill from there for him. A wrist injury lead to him performing inconsistently and he was never the same again. Eventually, Valthaty went unsold in the IPL 2014 auction and it was the end of the road for him as far as a chance to play for India was concerned. Paul Valthaty now plays for Air India, Cricket Club of India, and mentors budding players and works with the Homeground Cricket Academy.

 

3) Manvinder Bisla -

Remember Bisla whose blistering knock of 89 in 44 balls against CSK in the finals led Kolkata Knight Riders their first IPL trophy in 2012. Manvinder Bisla was also a part of the Deccan Chargers dugout when they won the IPL trophy in 2009. In his 7-year IPL career, Bisla has been part of four franchises and has played 39 matches in which he has scored 758 runs. With Brendon McCullum's departure from KKR in 2011, he got the opportunity as the first choice keeper. Bisla got 7 games to prove his worth where he scored 213 runs, which is why the Haryana lad became a regular in the 2013 season but failed to capitalize on the opportunities and soon the franchise released him. He was then bought by RCB ahead of the IPL 2015 to partner Chris Gayle at the top. However, he couldn't grab the couple of chances he got, which is why RCB skipper Virat Kohli promoted himself and took over the opening duties. Subsequently, Bisla warmed the bench for the rest of the season and then was released from the squad. Since then he was never picked in any IPL team. Now he plays small corporate level tournaments.

 

4) Joginder Sharma -

After winning 2007 T20 world cup, Joginder Sharma was considered a T20 specialist. He made his IPL debut under MSD led Chennai Super Kings but after a serious accident in 2011 he retired from cricket. Now he works as a deputy superintendent of police in Hisar district of Haryana.

 

5) Kamran Khan -

Remember Kamran Khan, the speed sensation of 2009 from Rajasthan Royals? He belonged from a small village in UP and had never played any First Class cricket when Rajasthan picked him. He had a good tournament and picked 11 wickets but later suspicion was raised on his action. He later came back with remodeled action but no longer effective as before. Kamran was picked by Pune Warriors in 2011 edition but injury kept him out for the whole tournament. Since then he was never picked by any other IPL team. He now works as a farmer.

 

6) Tamim Iqbal -

Flamboyant Bangladeshi opener who has 10K runs under his belt across formats in international cricket spent the whole of IPLs 5 and 6 on the sidelines for Pune Warriors. Purchased in 2012 and 2013, Tamim didn’t feature in a single game, even for a franchise that was considered to be the weakest across their brief stay at the IPL.

 

7) Ajit Chandila -

Arrested on suspicion of spot fixing in 2013, the Rajasthan Royals off spinner was subsequently given a life ban from the game three years later. At IPL5 in 2012, Chandila was hitting the headlines in a more positive way as he took the only hat trick of the season, becoming the ninth player in the history of the competition to record such a feat. It was the only highlight of a modest IPL career as he left Rajasthan with 12 wickets across two otherwise forgettable campaigns.

 

8) Lee Carseldine -

In 2009, the then 33 year old played five games for the Royals, scoring 81 runs while taking one wicket.

His modest career in the sporting arena wasn’t aided by chronic back complaints that had initially forced him into retirement in 2004.

 

9) Shane Harwood -

Another punt taken by Rajasthan Royals in 2009 when they picked Shane Harwood where he took a wicket of the first ball but after three games, he’d added just two more scalps before drifting away to become another footnote.

 

10) Richard Levi -

Somebody who was considered as the next 'Herschelle Gibbs', Richard Levi triumphantly announced himself on the world stage with a staggering 117 of 45 balls in a T20I against New Zealand, which is the third fastest T20I hundred. A lot was expected from this batsman and Levi was picked up Mumbai Indians for a sum of $400,000 for the 2012 season, but the talent was never visible. Because of lack of consistency, Richard Levi lost his place in the South African T20I side and garnered just six appearances for the Mumbai Indians franchise. Post that, he has been playing the Ram Slam T20 league and also in the Natwest Blast in England but hasn't been able to create interest in any franchise to buy him in the last 4-5 years.

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