New Delhi. In the 2011 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), this player made such a splash that he was considered the future star of Team India. He played for Kings XI Punjab so much that the team’s batting was centered around it. Apart from batting, Paul Valthaty also became synonymous with success with medium fast bowling. The career of this talented player was believed to be long, but Valthati soon got lost in the darkness of oblivion. People also soon forgot him.
His career and achievements were not very big in comparison to Valthati’s talent. Paul, who played only five first class and 34 T20 matches, has announced his retirement at the age of 39. It was his misfortune that he could not repeat his IPL 2011 success further and soon disappeared from the scene.
Had a blistering century innings against CSK
In the 2011 season, he scored 463 runs in 14 matches at an average of 35.61, which included one century and two half-centuries. He gained a lot of fame after an unbeaten 120 off 63 balls for Kings XI against Chennai Super Kings. He hit 19 fours and two sixes in this innings. In IPL, Valthaty played 23 matches and apart from scoring 505 runs, also proved his usefulness in bowling by taking 7 wickets. Apart from Kings XI Punjab, he also played for Rajasthan Royals in IPL. Valthaty played the last match in IPL against Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2013 season.
Was a member of India’s Under-19 team
Even though Valthati could not play for Team India at the senior level, he was a member of the Indian team of the 2002 Under-19 World Cup and players like Irfan Pathan and Parthiv Patel were with him in this team. Due to injury in this important tournament, he did not get a chance to play more matches. In the last phase of his cricket career, Valthati played for Air India. Born in Mumbai, Valthati was considered one of the most talented players but he could not achieve much success due to injury or other reasons on important occasions.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 18, 2023, 06:45 IST