In cricketing spectrum form and consistency of the batsmen are the most important factors for players through which they can cement their place in the starting eleven. And in the league like the IPL, where the intensity of game at its peak the players are in need of unleashing their very best to retain their spot in any of their franchises. As it is already a known fact that there is no scope of any sort of compromise when it comes to the quality of cricket on offer in the IPL.
And as we all know and believe that however good a player might be, there will always be a phase in which his form would be hanging at the slump stage of their careers. Let’s take a look at the top International stars who once dominated the IPL, but will be overlooked for the upcoming editions.
This Barbadian star representing Mumbai Indians, Deccan Chargers, Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Lions in the duration of his 4 years of stint in IPL has become one of the few players who have played for the two most successful sides – the Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians. Naming two titles in his IPL career, one was in 2009 against the now-defunct Deccan Chargers and another one was in 2013 against the Mumbai Indians, Smith has played 76 IPL matches, with a total score of 2103 runs at a strike-rate of 134.20, and his highest score being 87* among all his innings. He has also been a handy medium pacer whose stats look like 19 wickets at an economy of 9.29. Recently Smith has not been in his preferable touch in the T20 matches he has played so far. Already 35, and he has already been unsold this year with an enormous base price of INR 1 crore.
Marsh, playing for Kings XI Punjab throughout his IPL career, has become the player who has only played for one franchise during the first decade of the tournament and that is KXIP. Marsh also reflected the Orange Cap in the inaugural edition in which he has scored 616 runs in just 11 games. This experienced chap had scored 2477 runs in 71 matches that too at a strike-rate of 132.74. But still, he was unsold at this year’s auctions at a base price of INR 1.5 crore. At the age of 34, he led the chances of playing in the IPL in the upcoming seasons to look bleak.
The very famous name in the spectrum of death bowlers in the IPL, Faulkner launched the tournament with his deceiving pace variations and dangerous toe-crushing yorkers. Among the stints he had played so far, this Tasmanian represented Rajasthan was his most successful one. His batting onslaught also did the talking throughout the years as he scored 382 runs and took 47 wickets and became one of their key players. But after transferring to the now-defunct Gujarat Lions in 2016, he failed to display blitz.
The so-called experienced T20 campaigner, Morgan has played six seasons in the IPL. A hard-hitting batsman had been a part of the KKR squad that won the IPL title in 2012 but unfortunately had not been able to don the jersey that season. Subsequently, he lifted his second IPL title with the Sunrisers Hyderabad in season 9 (2016) under David Warner. His poor outings in the last three editions of the IPL (2015-2017) made him go unsold in this year’s auctions at a base price of INR 2 crore.