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5 IPL Heroes who failed at the International stage

Omkar Mankame
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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 21:20 IST

Saurabh Tiwary was a star player for Mumbai Indians
Saurabh Tiwary was a star player for Mumbai Indians

What is the purpose of contesting Indian Premier League every year? Promote youthful talent. It seeks to provide a platform for the upcoming cricketers who will blossom in the company of International cricketers. They will be a part of a world-class competition where they will have to match the highest standard and prove themselves. IPL’s motto in Sanskrit translates to “Where talent meets opportunity.”

From the previous eleven seasons, we have seen plenty of cricketers making a name for themselves in the IPL. Cricketers, whose deeds were unnoticed despite stellar performances in the Indian domestic cricket, rose in the eyes of selectors with T20 performances. Many of them went on to earn India debut on the basis of their IPL heroics. Abhishek Nayar, Pragyan Ojha, Anjinkya Rahane, Hardik Pamdya, Axar Patel, Kedar Jadhav and more recently, Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya etc. are examples of beneficiaries of the IPL.

After making the cut for the national stage, the player is on his own. While many of them are enjoying prospering international careers, there remain a few who failed to make a mark when the opportunity came calling.

Here are five such IPL heroes who could not sustain in the Indian team after receiving a break.

#5 Saurabh Tiwary

Saurabh Tiwary made his ODI debut against Australia
Saurabh Tiwary made his ODI debut against Australia

The boy from Jamshedpur, Jharkhand (then Bihar), was often dubbed as the left-handed version of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Tiwary not only shared the batting philosophy, but his physical appearance was also in line with his state hero. He was a member of the Indian under-19 team that played in the 2008 World Cup.

Tiwary was signed by Mumbai Indians as an emerging youngster who held immense talent.

IPL 2010 was the turning point in Saurabh’s career. At the age of 21, he amassed 419 runs in 14 matches and was adjudged as the Under-23 player of the tournament. He had earlier stroked three centuries in the Ranji Trophy as well.

The IPL performance helped Tiwary get into the selection schemes and in June 2010, he was named in the Indian squad for the Asia Cup. Tiwary ultimately received his India cap against Australia in the ODI at Visakhapatnam. Batting at number seven, he scored 12 not out from 22 balls as India chased down 290 runs.


He was next seen against New Zealand in December 2010 where he registered a score of 37 not out. He did not bat in the next ODI and was never selected for India again. Tiwary soon lost his IPL form too, and injuries plagued him.

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