5 international stars who failed in IPL
The Indian Premier League has been an amalgamation of Indian and International stars and the performances in this tournament is watched closely by selectors from all over the cricketing globe.
While there have been instances when IPL performances have dictated National selection, players have been plucked out of IPL straight into International cricket. Also, there have been instances where sterling performances in the IPL have resurrected international careers.
However, there have been well established international stars who did not live up to their reputation and did not put in performances in the IPL worth any mention.
The Sri Lankan Test and ODI skipper is one of the most influential players to have emerged from the island nation after Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene.
An all-rounder, who bowls penetrative medium pace and a hard-hitting lower-order batsman, Mathews was best suited for the Twenty20 format. However, he has underwhelmed in the Indian Premier League with both bat and ball. He is also an astute thinker of the game, and hence teams have taken him on board also for his leadership skills.
He started his career for the Kolkata Knight Riders and then was picked up the now defunct Pune Warriors India, where he was also the captain. However, his form was not inspiring and the team too struggled, hence he was stripped of captaincy mid-way through the tournament. He was later drafted in by the Delhi Daredevils, and also captained them, but he never quite set the stage on fire.
In 46 matches, Mathews has scored 692 runs at an average of 23.86 and with a strike rate of 126.27.
With the ball too, he did not leave any impact. In the 46 matches, he picked up only 27 wickets with an economy of 8.06 and average of 37.88.