IPL 2019 is all set to kickstart with old foes Chennai Super Kings taking on Royal Challengers Bangalore on March 23. It will be the 12th season of IPL and it’s all set to garner a lot of eyeballs and will be the talk of the town for two months. Chennai Super Kings will be favourites again to win the IPL title a record fourth time. Some Indian players will take the IPL as a platform to knock at selectors’ door for a World Cup spot.
There have also been a few players who have been one-match or one-tournament wonders. They have scored one big knock or two and have been conveniently forgotten or lost favour with their team.
Cricwizz takes a look at seven players who have been one-match or one-tournament wonders in IPL.
The Kings XI Punjab opener surprised himself, his team, fans and the opponents Chennai Super Kings when he slammed 120* to chase down 189 for a win in 2011 IPL. It was easily the Valthaty’s season as he scored 463 runs @ 35.61 in 14 games. His 120* is still remembered as one of the best counter-attacking innings in IPL history. However, Valthaty failed to repeat his performance and faded away. He managed to play just 7 more games in the next two IPL seasons and is IPL history now.
The former Sri Lankan opener played a couple of seasons for Mumbai Indians in 2008 and 2009. He is best remembered for hammering 114* against Chennai Super Kings in 2008 IPL. Jayasuriya cracked 11 sixes and 9 fours in his 48-ball knock. Jayasuriya cracked 114* out of the team’s score of 158. Jayasuriya emerged the third highest run-getter in 2008 IPL. But he is also a one-match wonder for his 114*.
The Kings XI keeper struck a magnificent century in 2014 IPL final against Kolkata Knight Riders. He struck 55-ball 115 with 10 fours and 8 sixes to help Punjab to 199/4. But it went in vain as Punjab lost the final to KKR. Saha is best remembered for this knock which is rated as one of the best knocks in IPL history. Although Saha played all matches for Punjab till 2017, he was never able to repeat his 2014 final heroics. He was part of Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2018, but had a forgettable season in 2018, scoring just 122 runs @ 15.25 in 11 matches. Can he make amends for SRH in 2019??
The right-arm medium pacer was the find of the 2008 IPL season. Playing for Chennai Super Kings in 2008, he took 17 wickets in 16 matches. But CSK lost the final against Rajasthan Royals. Although he played a couple of seasons more for CSK, he could not repeat his 2008 heroics.
He played 10 more matches for CSK in 2009 and 2010, bagging just 6 wickets. He went on to play for two more franchises in Deccan Chargers, and Kings XI Punjab, but Gony was past his prime.
Overall, he played 44 matches, bagging 37 wickets in 7 seasons, with 17 of those wickets coming in 2008 alone. Gony even played two ODIs for India, bagging two wickets. He has been lost in IPL history now.
He was known as second Dhoni after he became popular with his long locks. But the left-handed batsman was just one-tournament wonder in the IPL history.
Playing for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2010, he scored 419 runs in 16 matches, at an average of 29.92 and strike rate of 135.59. Mumbai lost the final against CSK in that edition. He was discarded by Mumbai for the next season.
He went on to play for RCB, DD, RPS but was never able to repeat his 2010 heroics. He failed to score over 200 runs in each of the seasons he was part of after IPL 2010.
He is out of contention since 2017 IPL. He played 81 matches in IPL for 4 teams, scoring 1276 runs @ 28.35 with 7 fifties. He also played 3 ODIs for India.
Chennai Super Kings have had the reputation of unearthing bowlers and then fading them out. Australian left-handed bowler Doug Bollinger was another example. He burst into the CSK squad in 2010 IPL, but reserved his best for 2011 edition which CSK successfully defended.
In the 2011 IPL, Bollinger took 17 wickets in 13 matches @ 19.35 with an economy rate of 7. He played for CSK again in 2012, but has lost his venom, bagging 8 wickets in 6 matches.
He went unsold in IPL 2013 and never played IPL again. His 2011 heroics helped CSK win a second title in a row.
It was the maiden IPL final for Kolkata Knight Riders in 2012 and they were asked to chase 191 for a win by Chennai Super Kings. And then KKR had left out Brendon McCullum for an unknown keeper-batsman in Manvinder Bisla to accommodate an extra overseas bowler. No one, not even Bisla, would have thought of playing the innings of his life, slamming a match-winning 89 to take KKR to their maiden IPL title.
Bisla became an overnight hero and the toast of Kolkata. He played the next IPL for KKR in 2013, managing couple of the fifties, scoring 255 runs @ 19.61 in 14 games. But next IPL, he played just one match for KKR as Robin Uthappa replaced him. Bisla failed to be consistent and eventually lost favour with KKR. He was then roped in by RCB in 2015 IPL, playing just two games. He has been unsold since.