Since its establishment, the Indian Premier League (IPL) has produced several outstanding performances. Many of these players have characterized whole editions of the popular league, such as Virat Kohli’s outstanding performance in the 2016 edition or Chris Gayle’s in the 2012 season. Over the years, the IPL has provided a huge platform for Indian local talent. Hardik Pandya and Yuzvendra Chahal, for example, owe a significant portion of their national team selection to the cash-rich IPL. Many players, on the other hand, were one-season miracles who never got off the ground and fell into obscurity.
Some players ignited the Indian Premier League (IPL) with their first impressions, but they couldn’t keep it up in subsequent years. Players have used the IPL as a platform to show off their skills, and they have been successful up to a degree. However, although several were able to represent their countries, others were one-season miracles.
In this article, we look at players who were one-season wonders in IPL:
1. Paul Valthaty
In 2011, Paul Chandrashekar Valthaty enjoyed a breakout season with Punjab Kings. He received a lot of attention with his 63-ball 120-run innings against Chennai Super Kings, and he finished the season as the season’s sixth-highest run-scorer. However, it has been out of commission since then. That season, he had a strike rate of 137 and scored 463 runs in 14 games. In 2012, however, he only managed to score 30 runs in six games, which led to his downfall.
2. Manpreet Gony
In the maiden season of the cash-rich tournament, the well-built paceman from Punjab wowed everyone by taking 17 wickets at an economy rate of 7.38 for the runner-up Chennai Super Kings. Gony’s influence was so great that he made his ODI debut against Hong Kong the following year. However, he only appeared in two One-Day Internationals and was unable to repeat his feat in national colors. He continued to play in the IPL, but his career was dogged by injuries and poor form.
3. Swapnil Asnodkar
Asnodkar rose to prominence in the IPL in 2008, impressing his Australian captain Shane Warne. He was instrumental in his team’s championship victory. The right-hander amassed 311 runs in nine games and was hailed as India’s next great thing. However, he only scored 112 runs in the following 11 IPL games he played, and he was never considered for the T20 league again. He’s another IPL player that has gone away with the passage of time.
4. Manvinder Bisla
Manvinder Bisla was a reliable performer for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). His best IPL innings came in 2012 final when he hit 89 off 48 balls. With KKR, his career came to a sudden halt. RCB purchased him in 2015, however, he was benched after two games and remained unsold in 2016 and 2017.
5. Rahul Sharma
The tall leg-spinner from Punjab debuted in the IPL in 2010 for the Deccan Chargers before moving to the now-defunct Pune Warriors in 2011 and making a name for himself. He was quickly called up to the national squad after taking 16 wickets at an excellent economy rate of 5.5. He played four ODIs and two T20Is, but his career was cut short after he and South African cricketer Wayne Parnell tested positive for cocaine use at a rave party in Mumbai. He last played in the IPL in 2014, and he was purchased by Chennai Super Kings in 2015, but he never got a game.