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5 players who couldn't make big even after successful IPL campaigns 

Alby Issac
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The Indian Premier League has always been a sweet home to the budding cricketers in the nation. The league has contributed a number of players to the Indian national team, since its beginning in 2008.

Not only India, but foreign national sides too have relied on IPL to pick their players. IPL, at the same time, is a piece of entertainment as well as a source of hunting talent.

The league, now entering its 12th edition, has a long list of players who have established their names through this competition. Everyone speaks about those careers which prospered, but only a few remember those careers that went down after promising starts.

Over the years, we have seen many faces who were once considered the future backbones of the national team. But many among them didn't reach anywhere close to their dreams. Here we take a look at 5 such players who couldn't make big even after successful IPL campaigns.


#1 Subramaniam Badrinath

Subramaniam Badrinath is one among those who deserved chances in the Indian national team but couldn't grab it. The Tamil Nadu batsman is still considered as one of those domestic giants, who earned himself a name in the First Class tournaments. His good days were not limited to the state sides alone but extended up to IPL.

Badrinath had been a well-heard name in Indian cricket since 2006. He managed to make his international debut in an ODI match against Sri Lanka, months after the first IPL season.

Badrinath was an integral part of the Chennai Super Kings squad, until the 2013 season. In a lineup filled with power-hitters, the local man remained a necessary backbone. Providing the much-needed rescues very often, Badrinath scored 1441 runs from 67 innings in the league. An average of above 30, shows how worthy a player he was for CSK. The 38-year old was picked by the Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2015, but couldn't make an appearance.

He failed to be a consistent name on the national radar, despite being a regular performer for CSK. The first four seasons with the club were memorable for the player, but it could get him only 2 tests and 7 ODI's. He ended up being the Man of the Match in the only T20I he appeared in (against West Indies in 2011).

Not being able to keep up with the race, Badrinath was always under the shade and retired from the game in 2018.


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