It goes without saying that the Indian Premier League (IPL) is the biggest T20 league in world cricket. Since its inception back in 2008, the IPL has arguably grown in stature and has produced some engrossing encounters over the years.
During all the years, many overseas and local players had the opportunity to be a part of this league, and each of them has a success story of their own. Most of the time, established players have multiple stints with the franchise, but some of them failed to make it big in the IPL.
In this article, we’ll take a look at successful players who just played a single season of IPL.
New Zealand is home to some of the greatest fast bowlers and one of them is Shane Bond. Born, June 7, 1975, he freighted best of the batting maestros with chin music and he never lacked this ability even after experiencing several injuries during his career. His toe-crushing yorker left many astounded and dismayed. Even years after retiring, Shane is considered one of the most fearsome and dreadful fast bowlers in the world.
Shane Bond played a handful of T20I but had moderate success due to his injuries. Still, he was picked by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the 3rd season and played 8 matches in which he took 9 wickets. He decided to call it a day from IPL in 2010. Since 2015, he has been the bowling coach of Mumbai Indians (MI).
Andrew Flintoff, famously known as “Freddie” is one of the best all-rounders the cricketing world has ever seen, contributing with both bat and ball for the England Cricket team. Born on 6 December 1977, the fast bowler and right-handed batsman has played many leagues all around the world and was an integral part of his team for many years.
Andrew wasn’t picked in the first season of IPL due to his frequent breakdowns, but he played in the second season for Chennai Super Kings (CSK). He played only 3 games in IPL 2009, but unfortunately, got injured in a match against Delhi Daredevils (DD) and after his rehabilitation, he decided to retire from all forms in 2010. Though he had generated average numbers in IPL, he would have tasted success in IPL with his talent and skills but some international stars don’t align properly.
A languid shot-maker who strokes were like a beautiful painting, Damien Martyn was an unsung hero of Australia’s golden era. Damien Has announced his retirement a long time before he made his IPL debut in 2010. He surprised everyone by enrolling his name in the auction and it was Rajasthan Royals who picked this famous stroke-playing batsman.
He made his IPL debut against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. Put to bat first, RR was 21/1 when Martyn walked out to the crease. He started slow and tried to stitch a partnership with Yusuf Pathan but the Australian’s strike rate didn’t help the team cause. The 17th over of that match was the last time Martyn had featured in IPL.
South Africa’s right-arm bowler, Andre Nel made his IPL debut for Mumbai Indians in the first season of IPL. He was included in the playing eleven against Delhi Capitals. During the game, Andre was run out by Virendra Sehwag before he could face a delivery. With the ball, he bowled 3 overs and conceded 31 runs at an economy rate of 10.33.
Andre was successful in dismissing Gautham Gambhir; however, his team Mumbai Indians could not win the match as Delhi pulled off 5 wickets in the final over of the game.
Mashrafe Mortaza emerged as an inspirational leader for Bangladesh. After guiding the team of Bangladesh to several laurels, Mashrafe got his first break in IPL, playing for KKR back in 2009. In a game against Deccan Chargers, he bowled the most expensive spell of the season conceding 58 runs in 4 overs without taking any wickets. After that, he never played in IPL, but it won’t be wrong to say that he wasn’t provided with enough opportunities as he is a good exponent of fast bowling.