The 11th edition of Indian Premier League is in it’s final stage and one can certainly say it has been a highly competitive season throughout. A couple of teams have run away with points while others are fighting it out for the remaining 2 spots. One of the reason why few teams haven’t secured their places in playoffs yet has been the failure of the players whom they retained. Obviously, the franchises didn’t know what’s coming up from the players they’re retaining or using RTM cards on but after 51 games, they must be regretting some of their decisions now. Here are few picks who have been done literally nothing for their teams thus far.
Axar Patel, KXIP
Axar Patel was the only player KXIP had retained before the auction with lots of expectations which he couldn’t live upto. Axar Patel in this season has only managed to pick up 3 wickets at an average of 63 and economy of 8.6. He has been a complete failure with the bat too with only 59 runs at an average of 11.8. His struggle cost KXIP an all important game against MI. With this performance, KXIP owners and managrmman must be regretting their decision to retain him.
Ravindra Jadeja, CSK
Ravindra Jadeja was the third player among many other options whom CSK had retained in the auction after Dhoni and Raina but he couldn’t justify the faith owners showed in him. Despite a couple of good games in the second half of the season, Jadeja doesn’t seem to have impressive numbers. With bat, he could only score one more run than Axar Patel,i.e, 59 at the agerave of 14.75 while with ball he picked up 7 wickets in 12 games at an average of 32 and economy of 8.
Sarfaraz Khan, RCB
Lots of people are still figuring out why did Royal Challengers Bangalore retain Sarfaraz Khan. One of the reason could be the inability to spend heavy amount on other players as they had already spent massive amounts in retaining Kohli and AB Devilliers. Nonetheless, Sarfaraz had disappointing outings this season except last game where he showed glimpses of his talent. The pocket dynamite could only score 44 runs at an average of 11 and at the strike rate of 133 in the entire season which was obviously disappointing.
Keiron Pollard, MI
Despite proving his worth in the all important game against Punjab, Keiron Pollard has had a season to forget for sure. Pollard was the second player Mumbai Indians had used their RTM on even when they had option to RTM the likes of Jos Buttler. The faith on their big man could only came true in one game against Punjab where he scored a quick 50. Other than that, he had an awful season with just 126 runs in 6 innings at the strike rate of 133.
Ajinkya Rahane , RR
Ajinkya Rahane was bought by KXIP but Rajasthan Royals used their RTM card on him to get him back in their squad. Rahane had a horrendous IPL season in 2017 still RR showed faith on him. After the ban on Smith, he was handed over the captaincy which apparently affected his batting which was already in disarray at least in this format. In IPL 2018, Ajinkya has scored 291 runs from 13 matches at the average of 26 and strike rate of 120. Some of his captaincy moves have also been questionable.