Even though this IPL will be remembered for the young players’ excellent performances, it will also be looked down upon for the experienced and big-ticket players not stepping up and performing. This list makes a team with 4 overseas players and 7 Indians who should have performed better for their respective teams.
1. Rohit Sharma(c)
This season was the first time where Rohit failed to make 300 runs. It was also the first time where Rohit had an average below 11. I can safely say that Rohit failed both as captain and batsman. Mumbai lost 6 matches in the last over! Obviously, he couldn’t hold his nerve and that showed in his decisions as captain. Most probably, it will not happen, but maybe he would be dropped from the Indian side and KL Rahul could replace him.
To say the least, Maxwell has disappointed. Big time. 4 ducks and only one 30+ score is not the way to go. That is no way to repay DD’s recurring faith in him. (I know Maxwell is not a regular opener but I couldn’t really find any opener who performed worse than him).
3. Manish Pandey
People were criticising KKR for not retaining him and not looking at him as a young captain, but I think that he was the main reason SRH’s batting looked so very fragile. This might be just a passing shower for the youngster but it would affect him quite a bit. He has the worst strike rate out of all batsmen and has certainly not lived up to his 11 Crore price tag.
4. Yuvraj Singh
People were saying that Punjab did an excellent thing by buying Yuvraj and that they were excited to see him and KXIP reunited. But Yuvraj’s bad form continued into the IPL and he couldn’t live up to his name. Even though the Punjab franchise did not invest faith in him, only 65 runs is not the way to go.
If I had seen 196 runs and 8 wickets beside some other all rounder, I would have seen it as a pretty decent performance, but with Ben Stokes, you expect a lot more. RR played him in all the matches, yet he failed to win them even one match with a significant contribution of his. I do not think any franchise will be willing to pay a lot to attain his services next year.
6. Kieron Pollard
When you drop a player who has been with you for 9 years, you know he’s not performing well. Actually, I don’t see the point of playing him anymore. He doesn’t bowl, he gets out of fielding at most times and his batting is lacking the fireworks it used to have. I suggest Mumbai release him in next year’s auction.
7. Washington Sundar
I know he has not made a big name for himself as of now, but after the Nidahas Trophy he had, people were expecting great things from him. But now all batsmen have understood that he just bowls into the stumps with no variations or turn whatsoever. The interesting story about him is that he was dropped from his state team, and within the same month, he played for India and was their star performer. But after this bad season, the future looks a little more glum for Washington.
8. Harbhajan Singh
In 11 matches he didn’t bat. In 3 matches he didn’t bowl. In 2 matches, he didn’t bat or bowl. No point of playing him if he is used like this. But again, he hasn’t been at his best in any aspect of the game. The CSK team wasn’t helping matters either. Dropped for the final and replaced by a relatively inexperienced player. That would surely hurt his confidence and self-respect.
9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Again, 9 wickets in 12 matches would be quite okay for some average pacer, but for Bhuvi? India’s star pacer. It isn’t very good. He hasn’t struck with the ball and certainly hasn’t looked like the leader or the best bowler in the Sunrisers bowling lineup. He was battling injury though, and he also had a lot of workload. So India will be hoping that this is just a minor bump along the way.
I agree that he didn’t get to play a lot of matches, but in the ones that he did play, he performed poorly and lead the pace attack like he was supposed to. Only 2 wickets? We shouldn’t forget that he was the one who bowled the last ball where had he conceded a 4, MI would have lost the IPL.
11. Jaydev Unadkat
11.5 Crores. 11 wickets. 15 matches. 1 Crore for 1 wicket. It would be safe to say that Jaydev Unadkat has been the biggest disappointment this IPL in terms of money. He’s too slow for a fast bowler. That may have worked last year but this year, the batsmen have read his variations well and haven’t let him get on top. He needs to increase his pace or say goodbye to hopes of playing for India again.