With the IPL 10 moving in the play-off stage, the tournament is nearing its end. A few matches are left before we may see a new champion crowned in Hyderabad.
IPL 10 was special in its own way. The 56-match league stage gave us immense moments which will be talked about in years to come. Be it the three hat-tricks in a single season or Lynnsanity as its best, this edition saw a new bunch of Indian uncapped players dishing out quality performances in the league. However, amidst all these, there were some shoddy and low-light performances on a few occasions, which left the fans shell-shocked. Many big names failed to play to their potential, which certainly did not help their team’s cause.
In this article we a look at the under-achievers of IPL 10: The Flop XI-
OPENERS: AJINKYA RAHANE AND SAM BILLINGS
The Indian vice captain might have made the squad for the Champions Trophy 2017, but Rahane’s performance in IPL 10 has been far from satisfactory. In Pune’s dismal campaign last year, the opener scored 480 runs in 14 matches, but this year he has only accumulated 282 runs in same number of games. With just one fifty and strike rate of 116, Rahane has looked a pale shadow of himself and hence finds himself in this unwanted list.
His partner at the top will be Delhi’s English recruit Sam Billings after he scored 138 runs from 6 games. Young gun Billings was supposed to give the Daredevils a fiery start which he did successfully, but failed to convert the starts. Considering that he was retained after IPL 9, Billings’ performance was lot left to be desired and becomes our second opener in the XI.
MIDDLE ORDER: AB DE VILLIERS (C), YUSUF PATHAN, NAMAN OJHA (Wk)
One of the major reasons of RCB’s shambolic performance this season has been Mr. 360’s poor form with the willow. After 687 runs in 16 innings in IPL 9, 216 runs in 9 innings was all ABD could score in IPL 10. Except a blistering innings of 89*, he struggled and we can simply say this was not his year.
In what could be his last IPL, Yusuf Pathan came a cropper and his abysmal outing hurt KKR’s chances big time. Leaving aside his innings of 59 which helped the Knights win a match, Pathan could only score 84 runs in the remaining 13 matches. The hard-hitting batsman will be followed by SRH’s Ojha, the wicketkeeper-batsman in our XI. Touted as one of promising keepers in the country, Ojha scored just 63 runs from 13 games, with a highest score of 34.
ALL ROUNDER: SHANE WATSON AND RAVINDRA JADEJA
Though Watson did not get chance to play many matches for RCB, but still 71 runs and 5 wickets from 8 games does not match with the Aussie all rounders’ calibre. In batting, Watto had a strike rate of just 91 and leaked runs over nine an over across all the matches. In a nutshell, Watson did not have a memorable ending to what can be his final IPL season.
Erstwhile, coming on the back of a tremendous test season, Indian all rounder Jadeja failed to replicate the success in the IPL. With 158 runs, his batting was comparatively better. But Jadeja the bowler was a huge let-down. The ace spinner could only manage 5 wickets in the 12 games conceding runs over nine and over.
SPINNER: AMIT MISHRA
A slightly debatable choice as Mishy scalped 10 wickets from 14 matches, but much more was expected from a front line spinner like him. With an economy of nearly nine, Mishra has not even complete his full quota of overs in many matches. The wickets he bagged did not help the team’s cause much, and the only fond memories he would take back from this IPL would the two consecutive boundaries which helped Delhi defeat Gujarat.
PACERS: ASHOK DINDA, ISHANT SHARMA AND TYMAL MILLS
Okay the lesser we say about Dinda, its better. Three matches, one wicket to show for and an economy of 11.9, that is all the Bengal pacer had on offer in this edition of the IPL.
His partner would be none other than Ishant Sharma, who was drafted in the KXIP squad as a replacement. In six games, the lanky quick failed to take even a single wicket, while giving away runs at almost 10. Surely Punjab mentor Viru expected a little better from the experienced Indian bowler.
The curious case of Tymal Mills is one which we fail to justify by any means. A player bought for a whopping INR 12 crores, plays only five games and takes as many wickets. The economy is not too bad either at 8.57 but why Mills did not get any more game is a real mystery. However, considering his auction price, we can say the England limited overs specialist had scope of improvement and could have done better.