IPL 2019 is a couple of weeks away and the hype around this T20 tournament is unreal. We have compiled a list of 5 players you will never believe were once a part of IPL –
#1 Tatenda Taibu (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Tatenda Taibu was purchased by the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2008 as one of their foreign players. However, Taibu did not get many chances in IPL and got to play in KKR just for three matches.
Taibu scored 31 runs in 3 matches for KKR with the highest score of 15. His IPL career was short lived and did not represent any IPL team after that.
#2 Misbah Ul Haq (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Ex Pakistani captain Misbah Ul Haq has represented Royal Challengers Bangalore team in IPL’s first edition in 2008. Misbah represented RCB for 8 matches scoring only 117 runs at an average of just 17.
Misbah Ul Haq was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore after seeing his heroics in T20 World Cup 2007. His IPL spell ended rather quickly than what people thought.
#3 Ray Price (Mumbai Indians)
Mumbai Indians signed this ex Zimbabwean spinner Ray Price as a replacement for the injured Australian all-rounder Moises Henriques in 2011.
The left handed spinner was bought for his base price of USD 50,000. Ray Price became the second Zimbabwean to play in the IPL.
Price made his IPL debut against Kolkata Knight Riders in the last league match of the 2011 season. He did not pick a single wicket and conceded 33 runs in his three overs. Unfortunately, this match remains his only IPL appearance.
#4 Damien Martyn (Rajasthan Royals)
The former Australian cricketer represented Rajasthan Royals and played just a single match for the franchisee.
The only IPL match Damien Martyn was a part of came against Royal Challengers Bangalore. He was bought for $100,000 and scored 19 runs at a strike rate of 79.17 on his debut.
#5 Ramnaresh Sarwan (Kings XI Punjab)
The former West Indian cricketer was bought by Kings XI Punjab in 2008. He was a big name during that time and also a captain of West Indies.
Ramnaresh Sarwan played four matches and scored 73 runs – his highest being 31 at the strike rate of 97.33.