IPL, since, its inauguration has been a blessing to many players. It has been a tournament where teams have been to engineer the correct combination of their team with domestic and foreign players. Over 600 matches have been played in the IPL distributed over 9 seasons, with its 10th season currently going on and numerous numbers of players have played it.
There would be hardly any international T20 player who wouldn’t have played IPL or wish wouldn’t wish to play in the cash-rich league. Some players play to get themselves a break in the international circuit, while others play to salvage their career.
Sachin Tendulkar was the first Indian player to be crowned with the orange cap. The legend did manage to leave his legacy even in the IPL, who is now mentor of the Mumbai Indians. Just like Sachin there have been many other legends that have played IPL, but not long enough to leave their mark in the extravaganza.
5 of such players are
1. Darren Lehmann
Darren Lehmann is the current coach of the Australian Cricket Team. He made his International debut very late, owing to the tough selection procedure of Australia. He played 9 nine years of International cricket for Australia, after toiling hard in the domestic circuit and making some enormous scores. He played in the first edition of the IPL for Rajasthan Royals at the age of 38. After the first season, he decided to put an end to his playing career and coach Deccan Chargers from 2009 to 2012, before going on to become the coach of KXIP the very next year.
2. Damien Martyn
Another Australian legend, who made his short appearance in the IPL, was Damien Martyn. The man was regarded as one of the best finishers of his time and has played many extraordinary knocks for Australia. He also played in the IPL for Rajasthan Royals in the 2010 edition. He made one and only appearance for the 2008 champions before they decided to trim their squad. In his solitary match, he made a slow 19 against the RCB. Having not played top level cricket for a while made it tough for the then 38-year-old to gain his old momentum.
3. Mohammad Ashraful
The Bangladeshi batsman whose career has been no less than a slope of the Mt. Everest, Mohammad Ashraful, did manage to play in the IPL. The batsman promised a lot in the starting of his career, scoring a gritty hundred against the mighty Australians. Although, as his career progressed, the batsman who had promised to rise from mediocrity of Bangladeshi Cricket did the opposite. There were also, match-fixing allegations against him in the Bangladesh Premier League. He scored only 2 runs in his solitary appearance for Mumbai Indians.
4. Sanjay Bangar
Bangar managed to play for Indian Cricket Team for a couple of years before having the fallout with the skipper in 2002. He was a bits-and- pieces cricketer, who bowled slow medium-pacers and was a handy middle-order batsman. He played for Deccan Chargers in the first edition of the IPL and managed to play 12 matches, before calling it a day on his playing career. He is now the batting coach of Indian Cricket Team and also, is the mentor of KXIP.
5. Misbah Ul Haq
Misbah is the former Pakistani captain, currently playing his last series in West Indies. His notable performance in T20 came in the 2007 T20 world cup, where he single-handedly took his team to the finals but was unfortunate to lose the final to India.
Due to his performance in the world cup, he was picked by the RCB in the first edition of the IPL. However, his stint in the league was not long as the Pakistani players were banned from IPL due to political tensions between the countries. He managed to play 8 matches for RCB.