In this article, we take a look at the star players who failed in this IPL, i,e, we make the most flopped playing 11 of the season.
The 34 years old Australian batsman who was purchased by Royal Challengers Bangalore in 4.40 crores was one of the flops of the season. There is no secret that Finch hasn’t been able to crack the IPL in all these years but given his overall ability, everyone was expecting him to lit up the season at last. The new RCB management backed him a lot too and gave him a fair go to prove himself but he failed to make much of an impact. In 11 matches, Finch could only score 236 runs at an average of 21 and strike rate of 111. His only 50 in this tournament came against Mumbai Indians in the first half and he always looked like a sitting duck in front of pacers.
Delhi Capitals opener Prithvi Shaw came to UAE with a lot of expectations and hype around his talent but yet again, he had a season to forget. However, his team reached the final but that doesn’t stop him from getting featured in this flopped 11. Shaw played 12 matches and scored only 228 runs at an average of 19. However, his strike rate of 138 was good and impactful and he also scored a couple of fifty, in the remaining matches, he didn’t contribute anything to benefit his team.
Captain of Rajasthan Royals finds a place at number 3 as he had a below par season as per normal standards and for a batsman of his ability, it wasn’t something to be contained with. Smith started with opening the inning and scored back to back 50s but then he failed and had to move up and down the order to accomodate other batsmen which made sure he never found his mojo afterwards. Smith ended the season with 311 runs in 14 matches at an average of 26. His lack of runs ensured the other explosive batsmen in his team were always under constant pressure as RR missed the playoff berth by just 2 points.
Rishabh Pant had his first failure in IPL as he went through a torrid season where he looked completely out of sorts for a batsman of his calibre. More than the numbers of runs he scored, what led to his failure was his confused approach while batting. He was often criticized for batting irresponsibly and throwing his wickets away at the wrong time. In this season, he played with a lot more cautious approach only to find out that this was the worst thing to do no matter what people say from outside. He scored 282 runs at the end of league stages but his strike rate of 112 made sure this could be called a bad season for Rishabh Pant.
KKR batsman and skipper till half the season, Dinesh Karthik had yet another ordinary season with the bat as the veteran cricketer failed to make the most of the opportunities given to him. A lot of blame should also go to KKR management who failed to utilise his abilities as a finisher like him was made to bat at 4 in a lot of matches which is clearly not his forte. Karthik scored only 169 runs in the 14 matches he played and in these 14 matches, he managed to score just one 50 despite batting at 4 in a lot of them. His average was only 14 and he could only manage to hit 4 sixes altogether. Karthik’s horrible form left KKR struggling in the points table.
The big million dollar baby, Glenn Maxwell once again disappointed his team management, fans and owners by underperforming in yet another IPL season. The magnitude of his failure can be told by the fact that he failed to hit one single six in this season. Perhaps just one six on the last ball against KKR would have secured a playoff spot for his team too. Overall in this season. he scored 108 runs at a strike rate of 101 when his main job was to finish KXIP innings on a high. His previous season in 2018 was no different either but this one turned out to be a real nightmare for him and his team which had bought him in 10.75 crores and effectively each of Maxwell’s runs came in 10 lakh and 64 thousand rupees.
CSK captain MS Dhoni was playing his first IPL after the retirement from International cricket and hence the expectations were not too high from him this time but you everybody knew how good he was in the IPL. However, this time his bat was quiet even in the IPL and clearly the effect of not playing any cricket since 14 months were visible. Dhoni scored a total of 200 runs in these 14 games with a strike rate of 116. He failed to score any 50 either due to which his team was stranded at the bottom of the points table until RR lost to KKR by a big margin in the last game. Dhoni also played with little less intensity in the initial few games as he didn’t try to look for wins and decided to play for net run rate.
It was Cottrell’s first IPL season and hence a failure was not that big a deal but what made him feature in this list was his hefty price tag of 8.5 crore. KXIP surely bought him in that price with a lot of expectations but Cottrell could only give them 6 wickets in return. Effectively each of his wickets cost Punjab 1.42 crores and that’s a real heavy price to pay for a wicket. KXIP also had to lose 2 points to RR after Cottrell conceded 5 sixes to Rahul Tewatia in the 19th over.
Rajasthan Royals had a very ordinary season in 2020 to back up his excellent last two seasons and it is something not too many people expected. Gopal not only failed to take the wickets but he also failed to check the run flow throughout the season. Gopal picked up 10 wickets at an average of 42.70 which is his worst average in IPL and at the economy of 8.54 which was his second worst overall. Gopal’s failure put all the burden on Rahul Tewatia alone and although he did really well, it was not enough.
Unadkat was bought again by Rajasthan Royals, this time in much lesser price which was 3 crores with a hope of finally repaying the faith of IPL owners but he managed to disappoint everyone in yet another season. Unadkat played 7 matches for RR in which he could only pick 4 wickets. His economy of 9.91 was also on a higher side which was not much different than the last two seasons. Royals had Jofra Archer breathing fire from one end but they had no one else to back his brilliance from the other end.
The team starts with an RCB player and the team also ends with an RCB player. Navdeep Saini, who was one of the finds for RCB in a disappointing 2019 campaign was not an outright failure as he started the campaign on a good note with winning RCB matches against MI and SRH but he failed to continue the momentum and didn’t provide what RCB was looking from him. He managed to pick only 6 wickets in 12 matches and that too after taking a couple of them in first match itself. However, he did manage to stop the run flow and build pressure in some of the matches despite not getting too many wickets but his overall economy of 8.28 was not good enough to keep him outside this list.