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8 star players who were under-utilised by each IPL team

Vishnu San
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Published 27 Dec 2018, 17:24 IST
27 Dec 2018, 17:24 IST

AB de Villiers made his IPL debut for Delhi Daredevils
AB de Villiers made his IPL debut for Delhi Daredevils

In 2007, India won the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup and the instantaneous by-product of the victory was the launching of the Indian Premier League. The IPL has been a great platform for various uncapped cricketers to showcase their skills. Numerous cricketers have used the tournament wisely and become stars in the international arena.

A few well-known Indian cricketers who have evolved through the Indian Premier League include leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, fast bowler Jasprit Burmah and all-rounder Hardik Pandya.

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Some cricketers become icons with their respective teams. However, several fans may have forgotten that their IPL careers began with different franchises. While a few players marked their appearances with majestic performances on the field, a few others didn't meet the selectors' expectations.

In this article, let us take a look at eight prominent cricketers who were underutilized by the various IPL franchises.

#8 AB de Villiers (Delhi Daredevils)

An exceptional amalgamation of ferocity, wonder and elegance, AB de Villiers is someone who grabbed the cricket world by storm.

AB de Villiers made his Indian Premier League debut for Delhi Daredevils in the inaugural season of the T20 league. He only played six matches for the franchise and scored 94 runs.

Often batting as a finisher in the lower order, de Villiers wasn’t getting enough opportunities to showcase his skills and was eventually released by Delhi.

In the 2011 IPL auction, de Villiers was signed by RCB. He has had a fabulous career with the popular franchise from Bangalore. He has smashed centuries against Mumbai Indians and Gujarat Lions in 2015 and 2016 respectively.


Releasing de Villiers would surely be a difficult aspect for Delhi to digest. If they had held on to him, they could have found solutions to their never-ending batting woes.

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