Indian Premier League (IPL) is known to provide a stage for the talented young lads to exhibit their talent in front of the cricket fraternity and rub shoulders with the greats of the game. Over the years, many players, whether Indian or overseas, have made their way into their respective National sides after performing exceptionally well in the T20 Championship.
However, there have been some legends who have loads of talent in them courtesy of which they are always in limelight. Naturally, it is expected for them to replicate the same performance while playing for teams in the T20 leagues. But sometimes when such players walk into the middle at the highest level, they fail to cope up with the pressure and demands of franchise cricket and end up becoming the biggest disappointments for their teams.
Here we bring you 5 International cricket legends who failed badly in IPL:
5. Yuvraj Singh
India’s swashbuckling all-rounder Yuvraj Singh doesn’t need any introduction. The all-rounder has achieved a lot of success on the international stage for India and has stunning records to his name. He was the main man behind India winning the 2007 T20 World Cup and 2011 World Cup.
Since his debut in 2000 against Kenya, Yuvraj smashed 8,701 and 1,177 runs in 304 ODIs and 58 T20Is respectively. The leg-spinner also picked 111 ODI and 28 T20I scalps. However, the celebrated all-rounder failed to live up to the expectations in the IPL as despite getting hefty amounts of money by the franchises, he didn’t produce the desired results.
The all-rounder started his IPL career with Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and later moved on to represent Pune Warriors, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Daredevils, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and Mumbai Indians. Yuvraj mustered only 2750 runs in 132 IPL matches with an average of 24.77 and a strike rate of 129.71. He also picked 36 wickets with an average of 29.91 and economy of 7.43.
4. Ricky Ponting
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting was one of the most celebrated batsmen of his time. The cricketer had all the ingredients of ruling the world of cricket and went on to become the most successful captain in the history of the game. However, his own performance in the IPL clearly stated that the batsman was past his prime.
Having played for franchises like Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians, Ponting featured in just 10 games scoring 91 runs at an average of 10.1. He was also appointed as the leader of the Mumbai camp in 2013 but after a disappointing start, Ponting decided to hang his boots and handed over the responsibility of leading the team to a young Rohit Sharma.
This decision by the Australian veteran did wonders for MI as they went on to win their maiden title in 2013 followed by emerging as champions in 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2020. After retiring as a player, Ricky Ponting got associated with the Indian league as a coach and has done wonders for MI and his current team Delhi Capitals thus far.
3. Michael Clarke
Australia’s right-handed batsman and left-arm orthodox spinner Michael Clarke mercilessly hammered the opponents on the international stage. Clarke boasts of having 8643 Test and 7981 ODI runs to his name in 115 and 245 games respectively. However, the all-rounder failed to replicate his stunning performance in the IPL and as a result, could play in just one season.
Michael Clarke made his debut in the T20 Extravaganza with Pune Warriors in the 2012 edition. However, he could feature in just 6 games scoring a mere 98 runs at an average of 16.3 and strike rate of 104.2. As far as the bowling is concerned, the leg-spinner took 2 wickets in 6 games while maintaining an economy of 6.09 and an average of 33.5.
Due to injuries and international commitments, Clarke didn’t feature in any other edition of the T20 Championship and hence his IPL career never took off.
2. Sourav Ganguly
Known for transforming India to a side that could dominate any team anywhere in the world, Sourav Ganguly couldn’t weave the same magic in the Indian Premier League. Ganguly participated in IPL for five years from 2008 to 2012. He started his journey in the T20 Championship as the captain of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the 2008 edition.
KKR had finished at sixth place in the inaugural edition of the cash-rich league and as a result, Brendon McCullum was handed the responsibility of leading the side in 2009. However, the team ended up finishing last and Ganguly was re-appointed as captain for the next year.
But the move didn’t reap any good results and the former Indian captain’s stint with KKR ended in 2010 after which he embraced the now-defunct franchise Pune Warriors for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. In his short IPL career, Ganguly played 59 IPL matches scoring 1,349 runs at an average of 25.4 and strike rate of 106.8.
1. Andrew Flintoff
The all-rounder Andrew Flintoff was considered nothing less than an enigma on the cricket field and enjoyed the status of a demigod in England throughout his cricket career. The former English captain boasts of having an average of 31+ in both One Day Internationals and the purest format of the game.
He also has 169 ODI and 226 Test wickets to his name in 141 and 79 fixtures respectively at an economy rate of 4.39 and 2.97. Andrew Flintoff was purchased by MS Dhoni led-Chennai Super Kings (CSK) for a whopping amount of $1.55 million during the 2009 IPL auction. Apparently, Flintoff was one of the most expensive IPL players in the year 2009.
However, he couldn’t justify his hefty pay-cheque as he featured in just 3 games for the Super Kings and scored 62 runs at an average of 31 and strike rate of 117 along with scalping 2 wickets at a poor economy rate of 9.54. 2009 was the only year that saw the presence of England great in the Indian Premier League.
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