There have been quite a few players who have been one-match wonders in the IPL history. Cricwizz takes a look at the few players who have just shone in one match, and then faded away.
1. Manvinder Bisla
Kolkata Knight Riders drafted keeper-batsman Bisla in the 2012 final against Chennai Super Kings, while regular keeper Brendon McCullum made way for Brett Lee. An unknown commodity in Bisla was also asked to open with captain Gautam Gambhir. Chasing a big total of 191 set by CSK, Bisla went after the bowling and set up a title-winning partnership with Jacques Kallis, who made 69.
Bisla’s 89 set the tone for the win. But unfortunately, Bisla could never repeat his final heroics again, and soon faded away. But KKR owes its 1st IPL title to Bisla.
2. Paul Valthaty
CSK compiled 188/4 in their IPL 2011 clash against KXIP and could have been pardoned to feel that the match is in their bag. But they were not prepared for an unknown opener in Paul Valthaty who destroyed the CSK bowling attack with his big-hitting. Valthaty smacked 120 not out off 63 balls with 19 fours and 2 sixes to steer Punjab home.
He came out on top against a bowling attack comprising R Ashwin, Tim Southee, Albie Morkel. A lot was expected of Valthaty to make a permanent impression but he could not maintain consistency and soon faded out. He has now retired from sports after an eye injury.
3. Alzarri Joseph
The West Indian had a fairytale start to his IPL career. Coming in as second change in his first match for Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2019 clash against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Joseph ripped through the opposition’s batting line-up, taking the best ever IPL figures of 6/12 to beat Sohail Tanvir’s 11-year-record of 6/14 set in IPL 2008.
But Joseph got a harsh reality check days later when he conceded 53 runs in 3 overs against Rajasthan Royals before dislocating his shoulder in the same match to be ruled out of the tournament.
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