Three overseas stars who played Indian T20 League for just one season
Indian T20 League has produced countless stars over the years and has also given a platform for international cricketers in their twilight years. Several international cricketers have come and played and found success in the Indian T20 League but a few established stars have vanished after one season in the league. Here we take a glance at a few of them.
Few fast bowlers have made as much of a quick impact as Shane Bond did for New Zealand across formats. The fast bowler, who was known to crank up his pace, had injuries plaguing his career throughout and did not have as much of a lengthy career as was expected from him.
He did play a handful of T20 games for New Zealand and in 2010, in the third season of the Indian T20 League, he was snapped up by Kolkata in the auction. Bond played eight matches in the season and picked up nine wickets, but soon called curtains to his career owing to repeated injuries. He took up a coaching role with Mumbai and never played again in the competition.
Kemar Roach made an impact early in his career across formats. The West Indian seamer represented everything that the rejuvenated Windies had to offer to world cricket and was a throwback to their pacers from the '70s. He claimed a World Cup hat-trick in 2011 and established his limited-overs credentials too after initially making an impact in the longest format of the game. Soon after the World Cup, the Deccan team roped him into the side for the 2011 edition of the tournament, spending a stunning $7,20,000 for him. Roach, however, played just two matches in the season and wasn't retained in the setup. He never played again in the competition, although he continues to be a force for West Indies.
Andrew Flintoff was bought for a whopping $ 1.55 million in the 2009 auction, a sale that Lalit Modi later claimed to be rigged. A world-class all-rounder who had led England's Ashes routing of Australia in 2005, Flintoff's value had multiplied in limited-overs cricket by the time the Indian T20 League began. Chennai did not think twice before splashing on him in the 2009 auction. However, three games into the season, Flintoff was injured and he never again played in the tournament. In his last match in the league, the England all-rounder gave away 50 runs in his 4 over-spell without taking a wicket, bringing an unceremonious short stint to an abrupt end.
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