Indian Premier League is 42 matches old now and only a handful of 14 league matches are remaining now before the playoffs kicks off. Sunrisers Hyderabad is the only team to qualify for the playoffs this season while CSK, KKR, KXIP, MI, RR and even RCB are in contention though RCB is hanging on a thin thread somehow. Before the IPL, during auction, every team picked few players with high expectations but came the season, the players couldn’t live upto expectations. In this article, we will talk about most flopped player from each team this season so far.
Ben Stokes , RR
The English All-rounder was bought at a whopping 12.5 crore with the expectation of repeating his heroics of 2017 when he completely justified his 14 crore tag. But as they say, lightning doesn’t strike a place twice. Perhaps, this can be applied to Stokes too. The most expensive player of IPL 2018 failed miserably. Stokes with bat could only manage 174 runs at an average of 17.4 and strike rate of 123 while with ball his average has been 77 and economy has been 9.24 which makes him the biggest most flop player of the season.
Glenn Maxwell ,DD
Another huge buy who completely led down his franchise is Glenn Maxwell. Maxwell’s failure has certainly been a reason why DD is languishing at the bottom of the table. DD spent 9 crore and got almost nothing in return. Maxwell with bat averages 15.2 in this IPL although his strike rate is very good which is 160. Maxwell has been decent with ball though where he picked up 5 wickets at the average of 19.8 and economy of 8.25 but he was expected to deliver more than this with his bat.
Kuldeep Yadav, KKR
The Indian Chinaman spinner had an excellent South Africa tour leading upto the IPL. In Auctions, KKR picked him using RTM at the price of 5.8 crore. He was expected to deliver the same magic which he did in international cricket. Kuldeep however, lost his form in the season. He has picked up 7 wickets at an average of 41 and economy of 8.64 in this season which is way below the standard of Kuldeep. However, Chris Lynn was also in contention of this tag from KKR but Kuldeep at the moment is ahead.
Ravindra Jadeja, CSK
Ravindra Jadeja as the third retained player of CSK was expected to play a much bigger role than what he has played so far except one game this season. Jadeja with bat has scored only 59 runs at an average of 14.75. CSK management ran out of faith in him as he kept disappointing them with bat. With ball, his overall figures might look decent but that’s purely because he played extraordinarily against RCB where he got the big wicket of Kohli. With ball, Jadeja averages 28.67 and gave runs at the rate of 7.84 runs per over.
Chris Woakes , RCB
The English All-rounder was the most expensive overseas player bought by RCB during the auctions. Woakes was in red hot form during that period which tempted RCB management to go for him. They picked him in 7.2 Crore, he started the tournament well at Eden but could not control the run flow in most of the games. Woakes picked up 8 wickets at an impressive average of 23 but at the same time, he leaked runs at the economy of 10.43 which did not help the team’s cause and thus he was dropped after 5 matches.
Keiron Pollard, MI
Keiron Pollard wasn’t playing hell lot of cricket before the auction and only the Mumbai Indians management can explain why did they utilize their RTM on him. Nevertheless, Pollard had to justify the faith MI had in him but he failed horribly. The Carribbean giant this season could only manage 76 runs this season at the average of 15.2 and strike rate of 108. None of his inning could make any impact and he was one of the reason behind MI’s poor performance in first half of the season.
A lot of people raised their eyebrows when Sunrisers Hyderabad went so hard for Indian Test Wicketkeeper in the Auction. Their intention to pick him was they wanted a genuine keeper who can keep spinners particularly Rashid Khan well. Even though, he has been the best person behind the stumps, a Wicketkeeper needs to contribute with bat too in this format which he couldn’t. Saha in this IPL has only manage to score 87 runs with an average of 12.2 and strike rate of 116 and has been a complete failure with bat.
Aaron Finch , KXIP
Aaron Finch from Kings XI Punjab must have worst numbers as a batsman in this IPL season. Aaron Finch has scored only 24 runs in this season at an average of mere 6! The strike rate obviously becomes irrelevant because of such small sample size. Finch missed first couple of matches due to his marriage and he celebrated his honeymoon by two consecutive golden ducks. Punjab has done well as a team but Finch has been a total disappointment in this IPL.