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IPL 2021 is set to begin soon. It will see eight teams fighting for the IPL trophy. Unlike last season which was held in UAE, this year's IPL will be held in India despite the coronavirus pandemic. Cricket stars from all over the world will be participating in this year's IPL tournament. There have been a few T20I stars who have failed to shine for their respective franchises in IPL, and have been discarded since. Cricwizz takes a look.

Colin Munro (New Zealand)

Colin Munro T20I
Colin Munro (Image Credits: CricketCountry)

The New Zealand opener is considered one of the big hitters in T20 cricket and has done reasonably well for his national team in the shortest format. For the record, he has cracked 3 tons for New Zealand in T20Is, averaging 31.34, with an amazing strike rate of 156.44. It was for his hard-hitting that got him noticed, and IPL franchises - KKR in 2016, and Delhi Capitals - 2018, 2019 - roped him. But he failed to live up expectations, managing just 13 matches in 3 seasons, averaging 14.75, at a strike rate of 125.53 with the highest score of 40. He has been without an IPL contract since 2019.

Evin Lewis (West Indies)

Evin Lewis T20I
Evin Lewis (Image Credits: Sports360)

The left-handed West Indian opener is one of the best T20 hitters at the top and has 2 tons in T20Is. He averages 30.90 with a strike rate of 155.74 in 35 T20Is for the West Indies. But his IPL performance has not been up to the high standards of Mumbai Indians he played 2 IPL seasons in 2018 and 2019. 

Also, he was a bit unlucky as he was in a team that had good hard-hitting local opening batsmen in Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan, and also Mumbai got a backup for him in South African Quinton de Kock who gave double advantage with his keeping. Overall, Lewis played 2 seasons for Mumbai, scoring 430 runs @ 26.87 at a strike rate of 131.09 with 2 fifties.

Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka)

Thisara Perera T20I
Photo courtesy: Thisara Perera''s Facebook page

The Sri Lankan all-rounder is one of the best T20 players the island nation has produced. He has scored 1204 runs @ 23.15 in 84 T20Is for Sri Lanka and also taken 51 wickets.  However, he has never been a settled player in IPL, playing for as many as 6 franchises in 7 seasons. He has managed to play 37 IPL matches, scoring 422 runs @ 19.18, and taken 31 wickets. He was not a regular in any IPL team due to his inconsistencies and has been without an IPL contract since 2016.

Cover photo: Colin Munro

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