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Since its inception, the Indian Premier League (IPL) has provided opportunities to several young players. Rishabh Pant, Umran Malik, Axar Patel, Shreyas Iyer, and Suryakumar Yadav made their international debuts after excelling in the T20 tournament. Earlier, several players were hoping to launch their careers by performing well in the T20 event. These players had successful first seasons and became household names. Due to their impressive results, enthusiastic league fans predicted that they would become great figures in the cash-rich event. But these players were unable to maintain their form in the long run in IPL, and their careers did not flourish as planned and ultimately disappeared.
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Manpreet Gony made headlines in 2008 for his outstanding performance with the Chennai Super Kings. In 16 games while wearing the yellow shirt, the medium pacer grabbed 17 wickets at an economy rate of 7.38. With these stats, he was also the team’s joint-highest wicket-taker, along with Albie Morkel. With the bowler’s impressive stats, selectors granted him an opportunity to represent the national squad in the 2008 Asia Cup.
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He was allowed to play a couple of matches in the continental tournament, but the speedster failed to impress enough to be called up to the national squad again. Following the inaugural IPL, his performance in the flagship T20 competition fell. The Punjab-born bowler continued to play for CSK in the second and third IPL seasons, but he appeared out of sync. CSK released him in 2011, and he went on to play for the Deccan Chargers, but he failed to make an impression with the ball with his new squad. In 2017, he made his last appearance for Gujarat Lions in the T20 tournament.
Rahul Sharma, a leg-break bowler, attracted a lot of popularity in 2011. He chased 16 batters in 14 games for the Pune Warriors India in the 2011 IPL, with an economy of 5.46 and his best stats of 3/13. His economical and wicket-taking bowling captivated the audience throughout the competition. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chose him for the home One-Day International series against the West Indies following his spectacular bowling performances in the tournament.
Afterward, in Australia, he participated in his maiden international T20 game. Unfortunately, he did not have the same international success as some of the other spinners. Likewise, with his international career, Sharma’s IPL career suffered a significant drop after failing to replicate his 2011 success. The Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) selected him in the 2014 super auction. However, he only played two matches for the side. The leg spinner has 40 wickets in 44 games and a 7.02 economy rate.
The youthful players for the 2008 champion Rajasthan Royals rose to the occasion and gave it their all. With his impressive early hitting, Swapnil Asnodar—who was only 23 at the time—helped the Royals win the game. He contributed to his team becoming the first to win the famous IPL trophy by scoring 311 runs at an amazing strike rate of 133.47 in just nine games, including a couple of half-centuries. RR retained him for the next season due to his excellent batting efforts in the first IPL, but he failed to win the league.
Saurabh Tiwary was instrumental in the Mumbai Indians reaching the IPL finals in 2010. He was the second-leading run-getter for his side, trailing only his skipper Sachin Tendulkar, with 419 runs and three fifties in 16 games at an excellent strike rate of 135.59. MI won the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore by 35 runs, thanks to his undefeated 52-run knock in the semi-final. His exceptional batting performance this year also enabled him to play his first one-day international (ODI) game for India against Australia at home. He struggled to get among the runners while wearing Indian colors.
In three international matches, he only managed to score 49 runs in two innings. Speaking about his IPL career following 2010, Saurabh Tiwary joined Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2011 and played for the team until 2013. Yet at that time, he had a poor batting average. He returned to MI in 2017 after playing for the Delhi Capitals (2014–15) and Rising Pune Supergiant (2016), but his bad bat phase remained. He didn’t find any bidders at the big auction in 2022, which had a negative effect on his ability to compete.
With his outstanding batting performance in 2011, Paul Valthaty captured the hearts of many cricket fans. When he played for Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings), he appeared effective as a starter. During the campaign, he and his captain and opening partner Adam Gilchrist provided the squad with explosive beginnings. He carried his team home by five wickets in a league encounter against the reigning champions Chennai Super Kings with an unbroken 120-run knock of only 63 deliveries.
In terms of his overall record, the right-handed hitter hammered 463 runs in 14 games with a strike rate of 136.98, finishing the season as his team’s second-highest run-getter. With such impressive batting stats, he also made the list of the competition’s best run scorers. Taking notice of his outstanding performance the previous season, Punjab fans expected him to deliver match-winning innings in 2012. Unfortunately, he fell short of expectations in the current season, scoring only 30 runs in six games with a strike rate of 58.82.
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Yuzvendra Chahal, the Indian bowler, presently boasts the record for the highest number of wickets in the history of the IPL.
Virat Kohli held the record for the highest run-scorer in IPL history. He has scored 7263 runs in total of 237 matches.
Mitchell Starc, an Australian cricketer was roped in by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for huge sum of Rs 24.75 crore.