The Indian Premier League (IPL) has seen some of the world’s best players make an impact, putting up outstanding performances through thick and thin.
Several Australian cricketers have made their impact on the IPL throughout the years, and their names have been written in the history books as a result. Shaun Marsh and Matthew Hayden, two Australian players, won the Orange Cap in the first two seasons.
At the same time, there have been a number of Australian players whose achievements in international cricket have not translated into success in the main competition.
In this article, we look at those 5 Australian cricketers who couldn’t match up the level of intensity at the Indian Premier League as it was expected from them:
1. Moises Henriques
Moises Henriques was a key part of SRH’s title-winning campaign in 2016, but he hasn’t had much to brag about since then. Henriques scored only 16 runs in three matches during the opening leg of the competition. His bowling talent was also underutilized, as he only bowled five overs in the competition. Henriques may have been considered as a quality T20 player in the past, but his greatest days are clearly behind him now.
2. Mitchell Marsh
The 26-year-old all-rounder from Perth possesses a powerful bat and can knock the ball long distances. Mitch is a well-known figure in Australia’s middle order, particularly in the 50-over format. He also played for the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League, where he scored a lot of runs. During the IPL, things had not been going well for him. In 2010, he began his IPL debut as a player with the Deccan Chargers. He also played for the Pune Warriors India, Rising Pune Supergiants, and the Sunrisers Hyderabad, although he didn’t have much success. He was never a regular member of the playing eleven, scoring only 225 runs in 21 games with a strike rate of just 114.21.
3. Jhye Richardson
PBKS paid a whopping 14 crore for his services in the auction, making him the fourth most expensive player sold in the 2021 IPL auction. However, in the first leg of this year’s event, the lanky Australian pacer was unable to transfer his form into something concrete. Richardson only managed to take three wickets in three matches, with an average of 39 and an economy rate of 10.63.
4. Shaun Tait
Shaun Tait’s career was more a struggle with his body than with his opponents, and he was perhaps the fastest bowler to emerge from Australian shores after Jeff Thompson. His IPL career was only an extension of his international career, and his numbers suffered as a result of his infrequent appearances due to shaky performances and injuries. Tait took only 23 wickets and handed up runs at an economy rate of 8.11 in 21 IPL matches for the Rajasthan Royals across four seasons. Tait declared his retirement from all forms of cricket in March 2017.
5. Adam Zampa
The RCB management bought Adam Zampa as a possible replacement for Chahal. Zampa, on the other hand, was unable to create an impression. He just took two wickets with an economy rate of 8.36 during the thirteenth season of the Indian Premier League. Although his economy rate was good, the fact that he only got two wickets was inexcusable. In the BBL, though, Zampa had the best bowling statistic of 5-17, taking 19 wickets in 12 matches at a great economy rate of 7.35.