IPL 2019 is just a few weeks away. Defending champions Chennai Super Kings will kickstart the competition with a clash against Royal Challengers Bangalore. IPL has completed 11 years and has gone strong with every year. It has seen many players ply their trade for different teams in IPL. It has helped them create a second career for some players in this shortest format of the game.
Some players have been big flops for one team, while they were successful with other franchises. Cricwizz takes a look at five players who belong to such a category.
The West Indian started his IPL career with Kolkata Knight Riders. He played two seasons for KKR in 2009 and 2010 but could not work his magic with the franchise. He managed just 463 runs in 16 matches at an average of 30.86 with just 2 fifties.
But he achieved big success for RCB from 2011 to 2017, scoring 3420 runs @ 43.29 in 91 matches with 5 tons and 21 fifties. He formed an effective opening pair with Virat Kohli in IPL. In 2016 IPL final, he and Kohli posted 114-run stand for the opening wicket in 10.3 overs in chase of 209. But RCB fell short by 8 runs.
RCB, however, did not retain Gayle for 2018 season. The West Indian moved to Kings XI Punjab and cracked a few match-winning knocks for the team. But he could not replicate the success he has had with RCB.
The South African all-rounder had an average outing with his first IPL franchise – Royal Challengers Bangalore. He scored 1271 runs @ 33.44 in 46 matches and took 30 wickets for RCB from 2008 to 2010.
But Kallis’ moment of reckoning in IPL came when he posted a brilliant fifty in the 2012 IPL final to help Kolkata Knight Riders win their maiden IPL title. He scored 69 and combined with Manvinder Bisla to stitch a match-winning partnership of 136 for the second wicket. KKR won the final by 5 wickets.
For KKR, Kallis scored 1603 runs @ 28.12 with 10 fifties in 70 matches. He also took 48 wickets.
Being the Karnataka player, KL Rahul brought the local fervor in RCB when he played for the franchise from 2013 to 2016. He managed just 417 runs @ 37.90 with 4 fifties in 19 matches. But RCB did not retain him and he went to play for KXIP in 2018.
For KXIP, Rahul did the dual role of opening the batting and keeping wickets and he excelled in both. He scored 659 runs @ 54.91 with 6 fifties in 2018 IPL for KXIP. He was the lone man standing for KXIP throughout the season as other batsmen failed to support him.
Hence, despite making a great start to IPL 2018 season, KXIP failed to make it to the qualifiers. But Rahul stood out and he is expected to lead the batting attack once again for KXIP in 2019 IPL.
Before becoming a hit with Rajasthan Royals, the England keeper-batsman was a big flop with Mumbai Indians who had too many talented players to give suitable opportunities to everyone.
Buttler played 24 matches for Mumbai from 2016 to 2017, scoring 527 runs @ 25.09 with one just fifty.
But in the next edition in 2018, Buttler was the reason behind Rajasthan Royals’ entry to play-offs. Buttler scored 548 runs @ 54.80 with 5 fifties in 13 matches for Royals.
The turnaround happened when he was asked to open Royals’ innings and he batted them to the play-offs.
Before becoming a match-winner for Chennai Super Kings, Dwayne Bravo had below-average performance with Mumbai Indians. He played three seasons for Mumbai Indians from 2008 to 2010, managing 508 runs @ 22.08 with 3 fifties and 30 wickets in 33 matches.
But with CSK, he won two titles in 2011 and 2018. He scored 1123 runs @ 30.35 with 3 fifties and took 107 wickets in 91 matches for CSK. He is the second highest wicket-taker for CSK after R Ashwin’s 120 wickets. He is CSK’s go-to man in times of crisis, both while batting or defending.