6 Players who spent most seasons on the bench before making IPL debut

These cricketers have learned the art of being patient.

Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav of Kolkata Knight Riders celebrates. (Photo by Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS)

The IPL has been a terrific platform for the young cricketing talents to showcase their skills at the higher level of the game. Over the years, the tournament has produced many talents to the international circuit and the current Indian stars like Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya and many more also came into the public limelight after some stunning performances for their respective IPL franchises.

For a young player to get a chance in the playing XI, he has to warm the bench patiently and have to wait for a chance to prove his worth in the cash-rich league. Sitting on the bench for the majority of the season doesn’t exactly sound like much fun but it has been a harsh reality for the youngsters in the early days of their cricketing career.

These players know the art of staying patient while warming the benches. Reckon you know which players spent the most amount of time on the bench in the Indian Premier League till now?

Read on to find out the IPL list: –

1. Baba Aparajith (5 seasons)

Baba Aparajith
Baba Aparajith. (Photo by Vishal Bhatnagar/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The Tamil Nadu aspiring all-rounder came into the public limelight after some tremendous performances in the 2012 U19 World Cup. He played a crucial role in India’s victorious campaign in that tournament. Impressed with his talent the Chennai-based franchise bought him in the auction ahead of IPL 2013.

The Chennai Super Kings franchise are the most successful team in the history of the IPL and Baba failed to feature in the playing XI as the team was already filled with some star players. He was benched up to the 2015 season before the franchise got banned from the IPL due to spot-fixing allegations. 

He was later bought by the Rising Pune Supergiant franchise ahead of IPL 2016 which was also captained by the then Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Baba was again benched for two seasons by the now-defunct Pune franchise and found no buyers ahead of IPL 2018. Currently the 26-year-old is a regular member of the Tamil Nadu domestic side and soon he can knock on the doors of the IPL selectors by performing well for his domestic team.

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