Yatra pratibha avsara prapnotihi. Ring a bell?
These are the words inscribed on the grandest prize of them all in franchisee sport – the IPL trophy. It means “Where talent meets opportunity”, and after watching 11 seasons, who can say otherwise? Countless heroes have stepped up for their teams over the course of this cricketing extravaganza and were identified by the team’s crest above the player’s name rather than the age after it. But no matter what jersey the player dons, he has to hang up his boots sometime or the other. Here we look at five people who may have played their last season in the IPL.
I GAUTAM GAMBHIR – OPENER| LEFT HANDED BATSMAN| DD, KKR
A proper IPL legend with 4218 runs over a 154 matches, Gautam Gambhir was a force to be reckoned with in IPL cricket. Single-handedly responsible for the successful franchise KKR are today, there were high expectations for Gautam to lead DD to an inspired campaign. But his performances as batsman and captain flattered to deceive. The aggressive opener could only make 85 runs in 5 innings (55 of which came in one innings) with an average of 17 and strike rate below 100. He stepped down from his role and the playing XI on the back of his form. Furthermore, he attracted few bids at the auction table going for 2.80 crore this year.
II MITCHELL JOHNSON – BOWLER| LEFT ARM FAST| KxiP, MI, KKR
Picked up for base price at the 2018 auctions, Mitchell Johnson has been in and out of the KKR side. With plenty of fast bowlers in the roster, chances of him getting another spell in the IPL look bleak.He has had 6 outings with the ball with only 2 wickets and an economy of 10.29. His role has been confined to a mentoring role this season teaching the likes of Mavi and Prasidh. It is highly probable his return to IPL would be as a bowling coach, but not a player.
III YUVRAJ SINGH – ALL ROUNDER| LEFT ARM SLOW| LEFT HANDED BATSMAN |KxiP, PWI, RCB, SRH
Yuvi is one of the main reasons for the ascent of T20 cricket in India. His flamboyance is beyond reproach. But his form has faded away with age and the last few seasons have seen sporadic success for him. This season has been his worst yet as he’s been in and out of the team and unable to prove his captain’s faith in him. He has made only 65 runs at an average of 10 and strike rate of 89.He has rolled his arm over twice but failed to pick up a wicket conceding at a rate of 11.5 per over. He was bought at his base price this season and his chances of another spell in IPL look brittle.
IV YUSUF PATHAN – ALL ROUNDER| RIGHT ARM OFF BREAK| RIGHT HANDED BATSMAN |RR, KKR, SRH
Yusuf Pathan is known for his brute force. But in recent seasons, there has been a decline of the man who once used to wield the willow better than most others. His match winning knock against DD this season comes as a saving grace in what has otherwise been a disappointing season. He has compiled only 215 runs until the final, 45 of which came of a solitary innings. With younger finishers who can bowl too coming in, it’ll be an uphill task for Yusuf to get a spot next season. SRH acquired the services of Yusuf for 1.90 crores this year.
UPDATE- Yusuf came to the party in the final against CSK making 45 from 25 balls with four boundaries and two maximums!
V VINAY KUMAR – BOWLER| RIGHT ARM MEDIUM| RCB, KTK, KKR, MI
Vinay Kumar has been an unsung hero for most of the franchises he’s played for. But age has deteriorated his pace. KKR shelled out his base price of one crore to acquire him .With not too many of the fancy variations, the veteran has become a bit too predictable to the batsmen with an economy of 16.96 in 2018.
After his spell which lost a game for KKR this season, conceding 35 runs from just 11 balls against CSK, he was dropped to the bench and never brought back in which could be a sign of what’s to follow next season. With more young, quick bowlers coming up the ranks, chances look virtually impossible for Vinay Kumar.
As these players get to the end of their careers , it is highly unlikely that a franchise would retain them or sign them in the auction in the forthcoming seasons.
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