5 Big Fails of IPL 2018: The Indian Premier League is undoubtedly one of the most competitive tournaments in the world. The youngsters get to rub shoulders with International stars & also get to experience cricket played at the very highest level. After the auctions, the teams were content with how the team combination seemed. Now after 32 completed games, we here list out the 5 big fails of IPL 2018.
CSK, like always are leading the league table, while MI are struggling at the bottom of the table. What hasn’t worked for them or rather which player hasn’t lived up to his expectations? The most pompous league in the world is filled with quality players. Although the big names are expected to fire, this is the shortest form of cricket where the margin of error is lessened to an absolute minimum.
5 BIG FAILS OF IPL
1. JAYDEV UNADKAT
Jaydev Unadkat was acquired by the Rajasthan Royals for a whopping 11.5 crores at the players’ auctions back in January. The left-arm pacer had a breakthrough season at Rising Pune Supergiant last year where he picked 24 wickets in 12 games. Unadkat finished the season as the second highest wicket-taker only 2 behind the purple cap winner, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar. Unadkat was one of the primary reasons for RPS’ success and it was evident why Rajasthan Royals spent that magnanimous amount.
In the IPL 2018, Unadkat has underperformed. The Saurashtra pacer has picked only 7 wickets in 8 games. His average a high 38.57 and his economy rate an unimpressive 10.38. With the variety and skill Unadkat displayed in the previous season, much more was contemplated of him. Hence, the high price. Rajasthan are 7th on the league table with the worst run-rate among all teams. RR have to win their remaining games to stay alive in the tournament. For that to happen, a certain Jaydev Unadkat has to conjure a startling spell.
2. BEN STOKES
Rajasthan after the auctions would have envisaged a place in the top 4. As a matter of fact, the cricketing fanatics after penning down the RR team would have easily placed them in the top 3. However, RR are currently 7th on the table. One reason why they aren’t leading the charts is that their superstar all-rounder hasn’t fired whatsoever. Ben Stokes was acquired by RR for a mammoth 12.5 crores. Stokes won the player of the season last year. He scored 316 runs at 31.60 and picked 12 wickets in as many games. This year though, nothing has worked for the quality all-rounder.
In IPL 2018 – Matches: 8, Runs: 148, Highest Score: 45, Strike-rate: 122.31, Wickets: 1, Economy rate: 9.80. The numbers here demonstrate the truth of RR’s run this season. If Ben Stokes scores, RR wins. In the 8 matches he’s played, Stokes has been dismissed 4 times by spinners and 4 times by pacers. Thrice the leg spinners have sent him back to the pavilion and Boult has dismissed him twice. Stokes is easily the best batting all-rounder in the world and RR need him to fire now more than ever.
3. ROHIT SHARMA
Mumbai are labouring around at the bottom of the table and one major reason has to be Rohit Sharma’s form. Sharma has scored 196 runs in 8 innings this season at a paltry average of 28.00. The two games Mumbai have managed to win so far, Sharma has been the prime contributor. Sharma scored 94 against RCB and an unbeaten 56 against CSK. In the remaining six innings, Sharma has scored 46 runs. The quality this Mumbai lad possesses can’t be matched and it is scary to imagine how easy he makes batting look. But, so far in the IPL, he’s been the biggest letdown. Mumbai have six more games left and if they’re wanting to finish in the top 4, Sharma has to bring his A-game out.
4. MANISH PANDEY
SRH have the best bowling line-up in the IPL and the bowling unit has led them to the top of the table. However, one man’s display with the bat has been rather disappointing. Manish Pandey was included in the SRH squad at the players’ auctions for a colossal 11 crores. His run in the KKR uniform stimulated the 11 crore move but for the Hyderabad franchise, he’s underachieved. Number 4 is the ideal batting position for Manish Pandey where he’ll be able to churn strike and accelerate in the death overs. However, Pandey has scored only 158 runs in 7 innings. His average a mere 26.33. Sunrisers would wish to top the league table and will need Pandey to fire in the knock-outs. In IPL 2017, Pandey finished as the 7th highest run-getter with 396 runs.
5. GLENN MAXWELL
The Big Show of international cricket has been in a scoring drought. Maxwell has scored 131 runs in 8 innings for Delhi in the 11th edition of the IPL. Maxwell was acquired for a gigantic 9 crores by the Delhi Daredevils and a once stern looking Delhi look extremely fragile after 9 completed games. Maxwell has so far faced only 84 deliveries. That’s an average of 10.5 deliveries a game. Not what you’d like from your marquee player. However, DD now have 6 points after 9 games and need to win the rest, if they fancy a playoff entry. Maxwell along with Stokes have been the biggest fails of the IPL 2018.
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