The Indian Premier League comes with a lot of pomp and promise every year. Just as the fans are promised great entertainment, players are promised fame and recognition after a good IPL stint.
However, there are several players who have vanished into oblivion even after delivering brilliant performances in their first season. Unfortunately, no one has any clue where these players are at present or what they are doing.
Here’s looking back at a few of those names who are the forgotten heroes of this popular cricket tournament.
Mohit Sharma was one of the most talented seamers to win the Purple Cap back in 2014. Playing for Chennai Super Kings, Sharma was the highest wicket-taker of the season in 2014. He took 23 wickets and had an average of 19.65 in sixteen matches. But he had no takers in the mega auctions of IPL 2022. He has been a part of three IPL teams till date – Chennai Super Kings, Punjab Kings, and Delhi Capitals, and taken 93 wickets in 86 IPL matches.
Sharma was even a part of the Indian squad that reached the ICC t20 world cup in Bangladesh. However, he still vanished into oblivion. His job now is to work as a net bowler with the Gujarat Titans franchise.
This pacer from Punjab impressed everyone with his performance in the first season of the IPL in 2008. He even made it to the national team in the same year due to a couple of good performances, but played only two matches – against Bangladesh and Hong Kong.
Gony was picked up by Mumbai Indians, Punjab Kings, and Deccan Chargers in the years that followed. But he fell out of the tournament as he was unable to deliver any good performances any more.
Suman, a prolific right-handed batsman from Hyderabad, was like a run machine during his stint with Deccan Chargers. He had 237 and 307 runs in 2009 and 2010 respectively, for the team led by Adam Gilchrist.
But his performance went downhill when he started playing for Mumbai Indians next year. He could score only 65 runs in seven innings. He faded away from the cricketing scene after this.
Khan was once seen as the brightest prospect for the national team. Rajasthan Royals picked this left-arm seamer from a village in UP back in 2009. His pace impressed everyone, including skipper Shane Warne. With his slightly built structure, he could bowl at 140 kmph.
After playing for Rajasthan until 2010, he moved to Pune Warriors in 2011. His skills made him an overnight sensation, but he burned out too quickly.
These aren’t the only names. For instance, there was Swapnil Asnodkar – the first player from Goa to play in the IPL. Then, Paul Valthaty from Mumbai Indians, Iqbal Abdulla from Kolkata Knight Riders, West Bengal’s Shreevats Goswami, Haryana’s Manvinder Bisla, and Goa’s Shadab Jakati all had a similar fate. They had a great start but their journey was short-lived.