5 Cricket Legends who Flopped Badly in IPL

There have been many talented cricketers who flopped in IPL despite being a huge sensation for the national side.


The Indian Premier League (IPL), commenced in 2008, is the largest T20 league in the world now. Not only Indians but foreign players have also got the opportunity to play for their respective nations by performing well in this league.

Cricket has constantly been a game of mastery, focus, eagerness and fitness, but with the inception of T20 cricket, the standards of adaptability have also been added.

There are many players in the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Chris Gayle, Jacques Kallis, etc, who have successfully managed to transform in the shorter format of the sport.

Nevertheless, there have been many talented players who have flopped in the tournament despite being a huge sensation for the national side.

On that note, here are 5 legends of the sport for their nation but failed to imitate that success in the IPL:

Shivnarine Chanderpaul

Shivnarine Chanderpaul

Shivnarine Chanderpaul was one of the most compatible and finest batsmen from the Caribbean Islands. Chanderpaul has featured in 164 Tests and 268 ODIs for the West Indies side in international events.

After legend Brian Lara retired from international cricket in the 2000s, Chanderpaul was the one who took all the responsibilities. His average of 50 in Test cricket shows his capabilities as he faced tough opponents and carried his team over the line several times.

A big surprise came when Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) picked him in the first season as he was never a big hitter of the cricket ball. In his IPL career, Chanderpaul scored 25 runs playing three games for RCB with the strike rate of 80.

Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke implied to Australia a new transitional phase when the legends like Ricky Ponting, Shane Warne announced their retirements.

Clarke was also the part of the triumph in the 2015 World Cup and also helped his side in the Ashes against England.

His Test and ODI averages showed his ability as he also scored several centuries against many countries comprised South Africa, India, and New Zealand.

Meanwhile, the master did just opposite in the cash-rich league IPL, in the two editions for Pune Warriors, he scored 98 runs in 6 innings with the strike rate of 104.

Andrew Flintoff

Andrew Flintoff

One of the best all-rounders of his generation, Andrew Flintoff had shown hard-hitting ability with his bat and his uncanny pace with the ball.

With the bat, he had an average of 30 and also picked 226 and 169 wickets in Test and ODI cricket respectively.

Meanwhile, in IPL things did not go well as he played the only season with Chennai Super Kings (CSK). In 3 matches, he scored 62 runs with the strike rate of 116. He only picked 2 wickets.

VVS Laxman

VVS Laxman

The great Laxman is the classiest batsman India has ever produced. He is remembered for his record partnership with veteran Rahul Dravid in the 2001 Kolkata Test against Australia.

In his IPL career, Laxman played for Deccan Chargers in the first three seasons and in the fourth, he represented Kochi Tuskers Kerala but things didn’t go well in the tournament.

He played 20 games in which he scored just 282 runs with the strike rate of 105 which could not sketch his international success.

Ricky Ponting

Ricky Ponting

An Australian legend who has numerous records to his name which includes the most international caps, most Test centuries, most Test runs, need nothing much to show what he has earned in the sport.

Ponting led the Australian team to two successive World Cup triumphs in the years 2003 and 2007. He was also a part of the winning team in the 1999 World Cup.

As he always struggled in Indian pitches, the same thing continued in the IPL too. Ponting represented Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for the first two seasons and shifted to Mumbai Indians (MI) in 2013.

In IPL, he has played in 9 innings and scored just 91 runs with the horrific strike rate of 71.09.

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