For a handful,Season Five was paid holiday

They notch frequent flying miles daily,shuttle between plush hotels and make a truckload of money without having to even work for it.

Written by Aditya Iyer | New Delhi | Published:May 28, 2012 1:56 am

They notch frequent flying miles daily,shuttle between plush hotels and make a truckload of money without having to even work for it. The only thing missing from their tub thumping IPL checklist,however,is an entry into the playing eleven of a cricketing side. As yet another edition of this circus comes to an end,The Indian Express takes a closer look at five big names who didn’t play a single match in IPL 5.

Tamim Iqbal (Pune Warriors): It was easy to see why the Pune franchise signed this 23-year old Bangladeshi. Coming into his maiden IPL season,the fluent left-handed opener had scored 64,70,59 and 60 in his last four ODI innings,against Pakistan,India,Sri Lanka and Pakistan respectively. Yet,Iqbal couldn’t make his IPL debut,watching each of Pune’s 16 games from the dug out. So at the end of the horrendous edition,a tongue-in-cheek Iqbal said: “Everyone was getting each other’s signatures on their jerseys. I felt everyone should sign on my bib,since that’s what I wore most of the time.”

George Bailey (Chennai Super Kings): Like his silver-screen namesake,it was a wonderful life for George Bailey in 2012. With zero international experience to his credit,the Tasmanian made his Australia debut in January this year as the captain of the T20 side. In that game,Bailey finished with an average of infinity with the bat and a win percentage of 100 per cent as skipper,having caused a 31-run win over MS Dhoni’s India. His ODI debut wasn’t any less of a feat,as Bailey top-scored for Australia and won the MoM against the West Indies. Dhoni,however,had the last say to Bailey’s fairytale season,benching him for each of 19 games played in IPL V.

Dinesh Chandimal (Rajasthan Royals): He was the biggest steal of this IPL,bought for a base price of just $50,000 by the first champions of this tournament — the Rajasthan Royals. Before joining the league in 2012,Chandimal earned instant recognition as the new face of Sri Lankan cricket with four 70 plus scores in one-dayers against South Africa,Australia and India,all on fast and bouncy wickets. These runs made Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene call him the greatest find of the last decade. Rahul Dravid,though,didn’t agree,as Chandimal will have to wait another season,or hope to be picked by a new franchise in next year’s reshuffle,to make his mark in the Twenty20 league.

Dirk Nannes (Royal Challengers Bangalore): Dirk Nannes loves the IPL. And Delhi. Here,they helped an unknown Dutchman to make a name for himself by playing him in place of one of the greats of the game — Glenn McGrath. Thanks to his performances in the 2009 and ‘10 seasons of the league for the Delhi Daredevils,the Australian-born left-arm pacer was given his first offer to play for his motherland. He even made his debut for the Australian One-day International side in 2010. But then came the big money move to Bangalore,and the IPL dream came to an abrupt end. He was played just twice in the 2011 season,and two less in 2012.

Scott Styris (Chennai Super Kings): Nobody has the knack of being at the right place at the right time like this 36-year-old Kiwi. In 2009,Styris was part of the winning Deccan Chargers side,but was played in just two of their 16 games that season. In 2011,he made the $200,000 jump to the Chennai Super Kings,and MS Dhoni’s side successfully defended their title. Again,Styris appeared in just two games,earning a whopping $100,000 per appearance. This season,however,Stryis raked in the moolah for warming CSK’s many dugouts,charging a $10,000 clapping fee per game.

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