The Indian Premier League (IPL) has often been the basis for all the cricketing boards to choose cricketers from to represent in the international arena. As one of the most competitive T20 tournaments in the world where the best cricketers battle for supremacy with one another, performances in IPL show their true potential. It makes them ready to play top-level cricket freely and fearlessly, without any baggage.
But not all players, who perform splendidly in the IPL shine in the international arena. Such cricketers are not able to step up to the competitive nature of the top-level cricket despite years of telling performances in franchise cricket. With too many players vying these days for spots, their only way out is to perform in the given opportunities or make way for their compatriots.
We take a look at five cricketers who are big hits in IPL but have mediocre records in T20 Internationals:
Veteran leg-spinner Piyush Chawla is one of the most-capped bowlers in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Piyush Chawla has featured for Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders, and Chennai Super Kings since 2008, taking 156 scalps in 164 games at 27.32. The 32-year old was also part of the Knight Riders’ winning campaign in 2014, hitting the winning runs in the final.
But Piyush Chawla’s international career hardly took off. The Uttar Pradesh-born wrist-spinner featured in only seven T20 internationals, taking four wickets at a mediocre average of 37.75. Chawla’s last T20 international came way back in December 2012 against England and is unlikely to feature in further fixtures, given the likes of Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rahul Chahar, and Kuldeep Yadav already in the frame.