They played their best and earned a repute for themselves. It could still not get them a spot during the IPL 4 auctions. Well experience is not completely invalid as teams now get back to recalling some of these thunderous superstars of the sport. A look. (Images: Agencies)
His career in IPL began with a bang and refuses to fade out. Sourav Ganguly captained the Kolkata Knight Riders in the inaugural edition but failed to keep his designation as leader as well as his spot in the side, eventually.
The charismatic former skipper of India now comes in for the Pune Warriors and will look to shut wagging critical tongues and show that age cannot get the better of valuable experience.
Brian Lara may have the distinction of a prolific Test batsman but he could not get owners to bid for him in the IPL 2011 players' auction. Many cited his age and fitness issues to have acted against him.
Lara did not choose to put his name for grabs in the first three editions of the league but his reversed decision in 2011 too back-fired though Lara said he understood the concerns of the team owners at a press conference later.
Anil Kumble took what many consider as a dignified option out as he chose to become chief mentor of the Royal Challengers instead of playing further for the team.
He apparently had a big role to play during the 2011 auctions though his experience on the field and his style of play will be sorely missed by teammates and fans alike.
His performance in the World Cup was not much to speak of. A prediction that many IPL owners may have made earlier on as they chose to give Chris Gayle a miss during the fresh round of auctions. Gayle formally played for the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Unlike Lara and Kumble however, Gayle was roped in eventually by the Royal Challengers Bangalore and he slapped his way to an aggressive century against his former team to prove that he is still a fighter and has a lot still to give.
|1||royal challengers bangalore||14||9||4||19|
|2||chennai super kings||14||9||5||18|
|4||kolkata knight riders||14||8||6||16|
|5||kings xi punjab||14||7||7||14|
|8||kochi tuskers kerala||14||6||8||12|
|9||pune warriors india||14||4||9||9|
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