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With the 11th season of the Indian Premier League just around the corner, players and teams are working hard to be fully ready before the 7th April opener between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. IPL has over the last decade given rise to many superstars of the game, who have followed their IPL performances with an excellent career with the national team. However, opposite to that are players who have sparkled bright for one season but haven’t managed to produce the same kind of performances over a consistent period of time. Here, we look at 5 players who have turned out to be one-season wonders in IPL history.
5 players who became one-season wonders in IPL history:
Paul Valthaty had a dream season with the Kings XI Punjab in 2011, he scored 463 runs at an average of 35.61. He was 6th in the highest run-scorer list that season behind the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli. However, people who saw him open the innings with Australian legend Gilchrist were confident of Valthaty’s future in the Indian set-up.
But since that magical season, Valthaty’s career has just gone downhill and has now faded into the abyss of players who couldn’t capitalise on their talent. The 34-year-old played only 6 matches in the next season scoring just 30 runs and then just a single match in the 2013 season before he was released by the KXIP management.
Manpreet Gony was tipped to be the next big thing in Indian pace attack following a dream season with Chennai Super Kings in 2008, where he took 17 wickets at an average of 26.05 and an economy rate of 7.38. Considering his performances, Gony was selected for the Indian team and played 2 ODI’s in which he picked up 2 wickets. However due to disastrous performances in the next few seasons of IPL, Gony was dropped from the team and was even left out of the Chennai Super Kings match-day squad a number of times.
Following his poor performances, CSK released him and from there on he went on to play for Deccan Chargers, Kings XI Punjab and Gujarat Lions. The 34-year-old was unsold at the recently held IPL auction in Bangalore.
Hailing from the same state as MS Dhoni and sporting the same hairstyle, many cricket fans expected something similar from Saurabh Tiwary following his impressive performances for the India Under-19 team. He enjoyed a stellar IPL season in 2010, scoring 419 runs at a strike-rate of 135.59 that included three half-centuries as well.
Following his performances, RCB decided to fork out a huge sum to acquire his services for the next few seasons. However, what was supposed to be a fairytale for the batsman soon turned into a nightmare as he struggled hugely to get runs under his belt and often found himself relegated to the bench. In the 2018 auction, Mumbai Indians won the bidding war with Kings XI Punjab to secure his services for INR 80 lakhs.
Hailing from the state of Goa, Swapnil stunned a lot of cricket followers around the country with his performances in the opening season of IPL. He played a total of 9 games in the first season scoring 311 runs at an average of 34.55 and a strike rate of 133.47. His partnership with Graeme Smith at the top of the order was one of the main reasons for Rajasthan Royals winning the inaugural season of IPL.
Defending their title in season 2, Swapnil couldn’t help them in the same way as he scored just 98 runs in 8 appearances. Even though Asnodkar wasn’t ever called up to the national team, he did superbly well in the domestic season. However, his last IPL match was in 2011 after which he has completely disappeared from the scene.
Sreenath Aravind had always enjoyed a lot of success in the domestic circuit playing for Karnataka. However, he really came up the ranks in the 2011 edition of IPL, where the tall lanky pacer picked 21 wickets in just 13 games. World class batsmen from around the world struggled to deal with his bowling and he soon became RCB’s prime-wicket taker. Although the 33-year-old was a bit expensive at times, he made up for it by taking crucial wickets.
In the 2012 edition, Aravind’s tendency to give away to many runs didn’t allow him to play more than 1 match, in which he was smashed for 48 runs in 3 overs. That single performance made sure he never got off the bench the entire season and slowly went into the dark. He again popped up three years ago, in which he picked up 8 wickets in 5 games, however, it wasn’t for a franshice to make a big investment on him. In the 2018 IPL auction, Aravind had a base price of INR 50 lakhs, however he went unsold as none of the teams bid for him.