It could be the case that they entertained hopes of being given opportunities to play domestic cricket or in the IPL; further, they had kept themselves fit by competing in leagues modelled on IPL played within Tamil Nadu and Haryana.
The 39-year-old represented India in four ODIs and as many T20s between 2004 and 2007, picking up five wickets.
In closely fought matches, captains who bring in out-of-the box ideas are more likely to throw their opponents off balance.
Here is a glance at 11 cricketers who chose a different career after retiring from the game.
Joginder, who bowled the match-winning last over in the 2007 World T20 final against Pakistan, is a DSP in Haryana Police and is currently involved in dealing with the global health crisis.