5 T20 World Cup winning players who failed in IPL
The modern-day cricket is full of fast-paced action and the T20 cricket should be given its due credit. Within a decade the format has become a major attraction in the gentlemen’s game. Nowadays the T20 leagues have been acting as the launchpad for the next generation cricketers. Particularly the IPL where a lot of Indian domestic talents take their next step. Along with them the international established players also get an opportunity to expand their repertoire.
Though the Indian Premier League is a franchise-based tournament, the pressure is sky-high as the players are paid hefty amounts for their services. In such circumstances, even the critically acclaimed international stars have found it difficult to perform at their highest level. It may not be a big deal in terms of their cricketing success but it will always be a black mark in their professional careers.
Here is the list of 5 T20 World Cup-winning players who failed in IPL
1) Marlon Samuels
The West Indies cricket has been a powerhouse in the slam-bang version of the game. Not only they are the current champions of this format they have won the prestigious title two times. The Caribbean players are the most sought commodities in the T20 market as their skillset is the winning formula for all the franchises around the globe.
The island cricketers are known for their power-hitting but surprisingly the two innings which changed their history include the knocks of Marlon Samuels. Though the right-hander is one of the controversial individuals to represent West Indies, he is one of the talented batsmen to emerge from the country. His unbeaten 78 in the 2012 WT20 final is an innings that will be remembered for a long time. Even in 2016 he single-handedly retained the title with his 85.
For all his heroics Samuels got the reward in the form of an IPL contract in 2012 but he failed miserably. In his 8 games, he gathered a total of 124 runs at a strike rate of 100. The numbers didn’t justify his capabilities. Then in 2017 he was snapped up by Delhi and ended up with more disappointing stats of 27 runs in 5 ties. He couldn’t weave his magic with his all-round abilities.
2) Eoin Morgan
In the present scenario, the Three Lions are one of the dominant forces in white-ball cricket. A decade ago the situation was quite different as England was criticized for their age-old tactics in the limited-overs format. Still, they managed to stun the world when they won the 2010 WT20 with a complete team effort.
The current England ODI skipper was a part of that team. He made some telling contributions that led the side to the glory road. Morgan is a terrific white-ball player and in full-flow, he can create any batting record. In that winning campaign, the southpaw piled on 183 runs and notably, he finished the series as the second-best run-getter for the Brits. Thereafter he became a hot property in the T20 leagues and he has played for as many as 4 teams in IPL.
In 2010 he was bagged by the Bangalore team but was released in a year. Then he served the Kolkata team for a couple of seasons where he managed to score runs but didn’t have a breakthrough season. In the following years, he also visited Hyderabad and Punjab dressing room but didn’t enjoy his stint. Now he is always present in the list of unsold players.
3) Yuvraj Singh
When Men in Blue won the 2007 WT20 title it led to a revolution in the Indian cricket. Soon the most iconic franchise cricket league, IPL started its journey and now it has become a pipeline that has been delivering quality cricketing products. In true sense, one can say that the inaugural T20 championship is a defining moment. Above all the country got a bunch of world-class players.
The evergreen hero of Indian cricket, Yuvraj Singh is one of the individuals who played a big part in that winning campaign. He is called one of the greatest match-winners of this century. In any difficult situation, he can change the course of the game on his own. A couple of days ago the cricketing fraternity celebrated the 12th anniversary of Yuvraj Singh’s 6 sixes in an over and coincidentally the magic happened in that tournament.
There is no denying the fact that Yuvraj is once in a generation talent but unfortunately, he has been an underachiever in the Indian Premier League. He began his tourney as a marquee player for the Punjab franchise and has invariably attracted elusive contracts. Still, his IPL career never took off as he changed his loyalty 6 times which proves the point of his inconsistency in IPL. It is quite strange that a player of his stature couldn’t succeed in a format that he ruled internationally.
4) Angelo Mathews
Right now, the Sri Lankan team is going through a rough patch in their white-ball sojourn but at the start of this decade, things were rosy for them. They reached two consecutive T20 World Cup finals and won the 2014 edition against a strong side like India. A new chapter was added to their history books and some of the stars were expected to carry the team forward.
The former Lankan skipper, Angelo Mathews is a member of that group. With his talent, he became a central figure in the country’s cricket in no time. The all-rounder is a proven match-winner and his leadership skills are exemplary. All these qualities make him a complete package and that’s why the T20 franchises are ready to spend a fortune for his services. He has also been tagged as a marquee player in a couple of IPL auctions.
In his initial days, Mathews traded his skills for the Kolkata team. Afterward, he joined the Pune team but shambolic performances followed him as he scored mere 300 runs in 20 outings. Then after a brief hiatus, he became a part of the Delhi team for a couple of seasons but diminished returns remained constant. Mathews has been a pale shadow of himself in a league where multi-dimensional cricketers have thrived.
5) Carlos Brathwaite
The West Indies cricket may not be at its peak but one cannot question their supremacy in the shortest format of the game. When on song the Caribbean side can brush aside quality teams. On top of that, this format has helped them revive some of their lost aurae as the country is producing some of the best T20 talents.
One of the main reasons why the island nation has flourished in this set-up is the presence of quality all-rounders in the side. Among them is Carlos Brathwaite who has been a regular member of pristine T20 tournaments. He is a valuable asset and has a good track record in white-ball cricket. Especially nobody can forget his last over bravado in the 2016 WT20 final. He smashed 4 consecutive sixes to send the Caribbean land into a frenzy.
Since then he has been a constant name in the wishlist of most franchises. In IPL Delhi was his first home but after a string of low scores, he found himself again in the auction pool. Hyderabad bagged him before the 2018 edition but he couldn’t nail down a regular place in the playing XI. Then Kolkata placed their bet and it has not been a fruitful one so he might be released very soon.