As India celebrates Holi, the festival of colours, it marks the start of the biggest festive season, which will last until May 29. Yes, we are only a fortnight away from the beginning of another season of the IPL. The 15th season promises to be larger and more exciting than the previous 13 seasons. The cash-rich league will have ten teams for the first time since 2011. The cherry on top: ten teams have been divided into two groups. The tournament rules were also changed to make the league more exciting. Foreign players have played an essential role in the IPL extravaganza. The players have played a significant role in making the IPL one of the most successful league tournaments. Many foreign players have represented their countries in the IPL throughout 14 seasons. These players were chosen based on their reputation in other T20 leagues worldwide. Some players lived up to their billing, while others were a colossal flop. This article looks at five overseas white-ball specialists who failed to impress the tournament.
1. Tillakaratne Dilshan:
Tillakaratne Dilshan has been a part of the IPL for six years and is widely regarded as the most dynamic batsman to have revolutionised modern-day cricket. Dilshan made his debut for the Delhi Daredevils in the inaugural season, now the Delhi Capitals. He appeared in 27 games for the franchise and scored 566 runs at a below-average average of 22.
Dilshan then joined RCB, where he partnered with Chris Gayle at the top. From 2011 to 2014, Dilshan appeared in 25 matches. However, in terms of runs, the Sri Lankan scored 587 at a strike rate of 105. Dilshan was part of the core group that brought 360-degree shots into the spotlight in the early days of T20Is, including his famous dill scoop. However, he did not live up to his potential in the IPL.
2. Ashton Turner:
When Australia came to India for a three-match ODI series in 2019, Ashton Turner was that surprise package. In Mohali, he hit 84* off 43 balls to help Australia chase down a daunting target of 359 in 48 overs. When the centurion’s wicket, Peter Handscomb, fell in the 42nd over, it appeared that India would take the game from there, but Turner had other plans. He smoked the spinners all over the park. However, the highlight of the inning was when Turner took India’s best bowler, Jasprit Bumrah, to the cleaners. Everyone expected him to be the next Michael Bevan. He was immediately signed by the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League. But what happened next will go down in IPL history. Turner set an unfavourable record when he scored three consecutive ducks. He played four matches that season, with the best score of three. Turner never played for another IPL team after that fiasco.
3. Tymal Mills:
RCB’s bowling woes, particularly in the death overs, needed to be addressed. Their bowlers leaked runs during that phase of play. As a result, RCB lost many games from winning positions. RCB signed Tymal Mills in the 2017 auction to address this for a whopping Rs 12 crore. The Englishman had a reputation as a death-over specialist when he joined the IPL.
Mills appeared in five games, taking five wickets at an economy rate of 8.57. He was eventually benched and did not play for the rest of the season. Mills returns to the IPL after a five-year absence, having been selected by the Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2022 mega auction for Rs 1.5 crore. Only time will tell if he can finally live up to his reputation or if he will have another flop season.
4. D’Arcy Short:
D’Arcy Short, Australia’s daring ex-opener, has been a strong force in the BBL for the Hobart Hurricanes. The southpaw had a breakout season in BBL 07, winning the tournament after accumulating 504 runs, including a scintillating century. He also held the record for the most sixes hit in a single season until it was broken two years later by Liam Livingstone.
The 31-year-exploits old’s earned him a spot in the IPL. The same year, the Rajasthan Royals signed Short for Rs 4 crore in the hope that he would add firepower to the team. But he was a flop in his first season. Short scored 115 runs in 7 games with a strike rate of 116.16. He was released in the middle of the season and has never been picked up by another team.
5. Tim Southee:
Tim Southee, the linchpin of New Zealand’s bowling attack, has been a fixture in the IPL since 2011. The Kiwi pacer represented CSK in the early years. He appeared in five matches, taking four wickets at a dismal average of 41.50 and an economy rate of 8.73. Southee was let go by the franchise following his poor performance. He later played for RR in 2014 and RCB in 2019. Southee took over for Pat Cummins in 2021 and was also selected by the franchise for IPL 2022.
Southee has played 43 IPL matches and taken 31 wickets. His record in T20Is, on the other hand, tells an entirely different storey. Southee is the second-highest wicket-taker in Twenty20 Internationals, with 111 wickets in 92 games at a respectable average of 24 and an economy rate of 8.19.