Indian Premier League (IPL) has arguably grown status ever since its origin back in 2008. It is the dream of every cricketer to play in the IPL once. IPL has snatched the eyes of a number of cricketers, who expressed their appetite to play in the tournament and display their skills and talent to the entire globe.
Every year, auctions happen and the registered players wait in eagerness, dreaming to find a patron.
It is not ascertained that this league will give you what you except, on one side it has remade unfamiliar faces into overnight heroes and on another lot of stars have failed to make it big in the IPL. On that note, here are the 5 International players who could play one IPL match in their entire career:
The stylish West Indies left-hander, Darren Bravo was a part of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the 2017 edition of the IPL. It was in the game against the Rising Pune Supergiants when the southpaw made his debut for the Men in Gold and Purple.
But Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa’s 158-run stand made sure that Bravo didn’t have to do much. He came to bat with Kolkata needing five runs. He scraped Shardul Thakur for a boundary and brought the curtains down for the match.
It resides a surprise as to why Bravo didn’t get to play a single match from thereon. He has been a part of the IPL auction but hasn’t gotten a patron since then.
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Former Australian batsman, Damien Martyn announced his retirement from international cricket a long time before he made his IPL debut in the year 2010. He amazed everyone by joining his name in the auction, and it was Rajasthan Royals who selected this Aussie veteran in the auction room.
He made his IPL debut against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Batting first, RR got off to a horrific start as they lost three wickets for just 38 runs. Ultimately, he could score only 19 runs in 24 balls before Praveen Kumar rattled his stumps.
RR were shot out for 92 in that innings as RCB comfortably won the match by ten wickets.
This match remained Damien Martyn’s only IPL appearance in his career.
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Another Aussie is the veteran wicket-keeper batsman – Brad Haddin who played his one and only IPL game for the Kolkata Knight Riders against RCB in the year 2011.
He opened the innings and played a quick cameo of 18 runs which starred 2 fours and 1 six s he got dismissed in the 5th over.
However, KKR lost the match by a huge margin of 9 wickets as Chris Gayle played a special knock [102 runs off 55 balls].
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The Sri Lankan off-spinner Akila Dananjaya made his T20 debut for Sri Lanka in the year 2012 and took six years to make his IPL debut for Mumbai Indians against Delhi Capitals.
At the Wankhede Stadium, some fine knocks from Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan ensured Mumbai to reach 194 in 20 overs. Dananjaya scored 4 runs off 5 balls while coming out to bat late in the innings.
However, he proved out to be very expensive in his 4-overs spell as he gave away 47 runs without taking any wicket. Being an overseas spinner, Dananjaya was eliminated from the playing XI after that match.
Abdur Razzak, a Bangladeshi left-arm spinner, who played 154 ODIs, 13 Tests, and 34 T20Is for Bangladesh in his career, doesn’t prove to be lucky in the IPL as he featured in only one IPL game.
He played for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Rajasthan Royals and RCB won the toss and invited Rajasthan to bat. The Aussie-Portea duo of Shane Watson and Graeme Smith took RR’s total to 197/1 after 20 overs in that match.
Razzak bowled just 2 overs and failed to establish faith of his captain as he relinquished 29 runs at an economy rate of 14.50.
With the bat, Razzak resided not out on 0 at the end of the innings and RCB had lost that match by 65 runs.
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