The Indian Premier League is one of the most decorated platforms where young players showcase their talent and try to make an impact which later on helps in their selection for the national team. IPL has given us many talented players who are match-winners today, like Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant, and many more. Some players make it to the big stage, while some can’t convert those opportunities and are eventually dropped from the national team as cricket is all about consistency; the more consistent you are, the more opportunities you will get. Below is the list of ten such players who were a big hit in the IPL but were unable to create impact at the international level.
1. Saurabh Tiwary
This left-hander from Jamshedpur impressed everyone in his 2010 IPL stint when he played a major role in Mumbai Indian’s Road to success and way to the top 1. He scored a gritty half-century in his IPL debut and impressed everyone with his performance. He was selected for the National team and even made his debut in 2010 against Australia. He played three ODIs but couldn’t manage to make a substantial impact. In those three matches, he scored just 49 runs and was eventually dropped from the team. After that, due to his inconsistency and lack of form in IPL, he did not get a chance for the national team again.
2. Robin Uthappa
Robin Uthappa’s international career started way before the IPL. He was a member of India’s 2007 World Cup squad and featured in the 2007 T20 world cup winning team. He had a great international debut where he scored a hard-fought 86. However, the kind of performance which was presented by him in the IPL was never seen in the international matches. In 46 ODIs, he scored just 934 runs with an average of just below 26, whereas in the IPL, he had scored over 4500 runs with an average almost touching 28 and a strike rate of 130. He was the Orange cap winner in the 2014 edition of IPL, which got him an opportunity to make a comeback at the International stage, but he yet again failed to make an impact and was dropped from the team.
3. Yusuf Pathan
Yusuf Pathan debuted for India in the 2007 ICC T20 world cup final to replace an injured Virender Sehwag. Then during the 1st IPL, he was selected to play for Rajasthan Royals, and he eventually helped the team to win the inaugural IPL title by scoring a rocking 56 in the finals against Chennai Super Kings, for which he received the man of the match award. However, he could not enjoy his IPL success at the big stage. In IPL Yusuf, had over 3 thousand runs with an average of a little above 29 and a huge strike rate of 143. He also has the record for the fastest hundred by an Indian batsman in the IPL. But if we go through his International performances, the number speaks for itself as we can see he had an average of just 18.5 in T20Is and 27 in ODIs. Yusuf managed to score just 810 runs in 57 ODI games. Although he had a strike rate of 113, his lack of consistency was the reason he got dropped from the team.
4. Subramaniam Badrinath
Considered to be a Run-Machine in the domestic circuit, Badrinath was never able to create impact on the international stage. He has got an impressive IPL record playing for Chennai Super Kings. He has over a thousand runs with a decent average of 30, including 11 half-centuries, but if we look at his international records, he represented India in 7 ODIs and 2 test matches and had an average of only 15.8 in ODIs and 21 in test cricket. He got dropped from the team, and after an inconsistent domestic season in 2013, he lost his IPL contract.
5. Sanju Samson
The flamboyant wicketkeeper-batsman from Kerela, who captained the Under-19 Indian side in the 2014 world cup, has shown his immense talent in the IPL. He has nearly 3 thousand runs in IPL with an average of 29 and an enormous strike rate nearing 135. He is also known for scoring three centuries in the IPL, and he is the newly appointed captain of the Rajasthan Royals franchise. However looking at his international records, the numbers are not very impressive as in T20Is, he had scored only 117 runs in 10 matches with a below-par average of 11.7, which shows his inconsistency in the internationals.
6. Rishi Dhawan
Rishi Dhawan was a player, who was considered as the complete all-rounder which India has always been looking for and after a successful IPL stint with the Punjab franchise in 2014, Rishi Dhawan emerged as a decent all-rounder. He scored 82 runs in 4 innings with an average of 43 and took 13 wickets with an economy of 7.71. Although in internationals, Rishi could not replicate his IPL performance and could manage only 12 runs in three matches and took only one wicket conceding 74 runs with a bowling average of 160 in ODIs. He played only one T20 and conceded 42 runs with an economy of 10.2, and got dropped out eventually from the team.
7. Siddarth Kaul
The Punjabi Pacer first came into the limelight during the 2008 U-19 world cup when he led the Indian bowling attack alongside Ravindra Jadeja. Initially, Kaul was picked by the Delhi franchise, but his performance was not notable enough. He was released and then picked up by Sunrisers Hyderabad, where he showed his talent and picked up 16 wickets in the 2017 season. The 2018 season saw his career’s-best performance when he took 21 wickets for SRH. He was soon drafted on the Indian team, touring England in 2018. He featured in 3 T20Is and 3 ODIs. Still, he failed to create an impact as he managed to get only three wickets in T20Is and leaked runs with an economy of 8.7, and in ODIs, he could not manage to take even a single scalp which eventually forced the selectors to exclude Kaul from the squad.
8. Stuart Binny
Stuart Binny had a decent IPL stint and was picked on the Indian side as the result of his performance for Rajasthan Royals in the 2013 edition of IPL. He showed some gritty performances at the beginning, including the best bowling figures by an Indian bowler in ODIs of 6/4 against Bangladesh but could not maintain consistency in the long run, and therefore, he was dropped from the national side. Stuart was, later on, picked up by Royal Challengers Bangalore, but his lack of form saw his downfall in IPL.
9. Mohit Sharma
Mohit Sharma and his back of the hand slower deliveries took everyone by surprise in the IPL. He impressed everyone with his IPL performance and got a place in the 2015 world cup squad to replace Ishant Sharma. He picked 13 wickets in the tournament but later on, batsmen started to read his deliveries which led to a massive rise in his economy. He was dropped from the team, making way for the likes of Jasprit Bumrah.
10. Vijay Shankar
Vijay Shankar first came into prowess in the 2017 IPL season when he played for Sunrisers Hyderabad. He was viewed as a decent all-rounder who could hit the ball well and could bowl medium pace deliveries. He got his maiden international call up for the Nidahas Trophy in 2018 and later on was always going in and out of the team. He got selected for the 2019 world cup squad but he could not make an impact on the team in both departments. He had scalped just nine wickets in 21 international matches and scored just 324 runs in his whole international career.