What is luck? perhaps the only definition is “When Preparation meets Opportunity.” more often than not Indian Premier League (IPL) has provided the chance for the individuals to showcase their talent. Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Sanju Samson and Ishan Kishan were the biggest revelation of the league. However, due to cut-throat competition, not every team experiments with their playing XI. Here are five players of Chennai Super Kings, who remained on the bench for their entire time at the franchise.
Irfan Pathan: The left-arm bowler was in magical touch. Though never picked in the CSK playing XI. In 2015. Pathan was in the CSK squad for the entire duration of the tournament and failed to get a chance. This is irrespective of the fact that when they had picked him at the auctions, the fans were ecstatic to watch Irfan in yellow Jersey. Later that year, CSK had to face a ban for two years, Thus Irfan was released to the auctions. After all this, Indian pacer was left without a contract and hence never got an opportunity to be on the pitch for CSK.
G Vignesh: Ganapathi Vignesh had everything needed for a T20 cricketer. A powerful hitter and also a bowler who can bowl in the power play. However, CSK never gave him any chance. Had they did it, things might have been different for the all-rounder. Failing to get any chances, the Tamil Nadu-cricketer later lost his IPL contract too.
Hemang Badani: was one of the cricketers who took part in the Indian Cricket League. He then accepted the amnesty by BCCI and became eligible for playing in IPL. As expected, it was his home-franchise Chennai Super Kings who signed him up. Badani had played for India before, and he was in the probable CSK playing XI of many pundits. However, the veteran did not get any chances. CSK was at its peak then, and Badani’s age might have played a part in his absence. The franchise later released him, and Badani is now a commentator.
Baba Aparajith: A star U19 campaign and a few years of consistent batting in the domestic cricket, and yet, Baba is yet to make his IPL debut. It is not that the Tamil Nadu cricketer hasn’t adopted T20 style cricket. In fact, he might actually be a success in this version. A quality top-order batsman, Baba can also bowl few overs, if required. He is a top-class fielder. Though, the Baba still awaits for his IPL debut.
Kshitiz Sharma: After the ban, when CSK came back. The franchise did make a few signings to bring joy to their fans. At the same time, they also invested in some young Indian talent. Kshitiz Sharma was one amongst them. The Delhi cricketer, Sharma records had impressed the CSK management and was signed by the franchise. However, owing to the quality batting order of CSK, He never got a break and was released, Super Kings.