The Indian T20 League has witnessed the emergence of a lot of players from India and overseas. A lot of them went on to play for their countries and others made a comeback to their national teams. With so many emerging players every year and high competition in their national teams, there is a huge chance where players might fade. In this listicle, we will read about five players who turned out to be one-season wonders in the cash-rich league over the years.
List of five players who became one-season wonders
- Swapnil Asnodkar
The Goa-born player was unearthed by the inaugural champions, Rajasthan. The right-hander opened the batting alongside the former South Africa skipper Graeme Smith. He scored 311 runs in nine games and used to provide explosive starts to the team. The then skipper Shane Warne termed his ‘Goa Cannon’. However, he couldn’t replicate his success in the next season in South Africa. Since then, he never got a chance to play in the tournament even when he was part of the team in 2010 and 2011.
2. Paul Valthaty
He played for Punjab in 2011 where he amassed 463 runs, averaging 35.61 and striking at 136.98. He had moved into the team after not getting enough opportunities with Rajasthan. In the breakthrough season, he scored one hundred and two fifties. In the subsequent season, he couldn’t handle the pressure of expectations as he could only muster 30 runs in six games. The right-hander played only one more game before vanishing from the league.
3. Manpreet Gony
The pacer made his debut for Chennai in the inaugural season. Gony had a dream start with 17 wickets in 16 games, averaging 26.05 and striking at 21. He went to make his international debut against Hong Kong in the Asia Cup same year. The right-armer was expected to do well as the Indian T20 League was played in South Africa in 2009. However, his economy rate shot up to 10.11 that season. Next year, he bowled at an economy of 11.50. In 2013, he featured for Punjab, which turned out to be his last season.
4. Sreenath Aravind
The left-arm medium pacer from Karnataka made his debut for finalists Bangalore in 2011. He has a wonderful season with 21 scalps in 13 games. The only weakness in his bowling was his high economy rate. Next year, he conceded 48 runs in three overs in his lone game which saw him not playing again in the season. He surprisingly came back and did well for the franchise in 2015, which earned him India call-up. However, he couldn’t make the best of his opportunities.
5. Rahul Sharma
The leg-spinner shot to fame after dismissing Sachin Tendulkar in 2011. He made his debut for now-defunct Pune that year. 16 wickets in 14 games meant he got to play for India against the West Indies in the game where Virender Sehwag recorded his sole double-hundred. He took three wickets in the sole ODI he played. In 2012, he was detained by police for consuming narcotics. Since 2014, he has not played in the league.