IPL 2019 is in the business end and soon the focus will shift to the World Cup. Few players such as David Warner and Steve Smith, who are making a return to international cricket, are taking IPL as a practice ground to get match ready for the World Cup. A good performance in IPL will boost the player’s confidence ahead of the World Cup.
But a poor show in IPL 2019 can also impact their confidence and influence their performance when they play for their national teams in World Cup 2019.
Few World Cup-bound players are going through a harrowing experience in IPL 2019 and that does not sound well for themselves and their national teams.
Cricwizz takes a look at such players who are having a miserable stint in IPL 2019 currently.
The Kolkata spinner was taken to task by England all-rounder Moeen Ali in the clash against RCB at Eden Gardens on Friday. In his last over of the spell, Kuldeep conceded 3 sixes and 2 fours to Moeen Ali who took 26 runs off the over.
Although Kuldeep dismissed Moeen on the last ball, he went for 59 runs in his 4 overs. Kuldeep was inconsolable then.
His national captain and RCB skipper Virat Kohli celebrated with Moeen on butchering Kuldeep’s bowling. And Kuldeep is going to be Virat Kohli’s go-to man in World Cup.
It was just the indication of how pedestrian Kuldeep has been in IPL 2019. He has managed just 4 wickets at an average of 71.50 in 9 games for KKR in IPL 2019. This IPL has been a nightmare for Kuldeep and he has to recover fast as the World Cup is soon approaching.
The England all-rounder had a memorable IPL debut in 2017 for Rising Pune Supergiant, scoring 316 runs and taking 12 wickets. But since then, he has struggled in every season.
Currently, he aggregates 104 runs @ 34.66 in 7 games and just 6 wickets. He is England’s go-to man in World Cup. But his below-par performance does not inspire confidence and that explains the bottom position of his team Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2019.
Stokes has failed to finish off games, twice, both against CSK. In the first match, he was dismissed in the last over when victory was in sight. In the second, he failed to defend 18 runs off the last 6 balls, with Mitchell Santner stealing away the limelight.
The IPL was an opportunity for Steve Smith to get back among the runs and crack a few match-winning scores. However, unlike David Warner, who has grabbed the opportunity with both hands, Smith has flattered to deceive so far.
He and Warner are World Cup bound for Australia. But Smith is yet to hit a purple patch in IPL 2019. His best has been 73*against KKR. But apart from this innings, he has failed to make a significant contribution. He aggregates 186 runs @ 37.20 in 8 innings so far, with just one fifty.
Now, Smith has been handed Rajasthan Royals captaincy from Ajinkya Rahane and the team management will expect a better show from the Australian to not only lift his performance but also his team. Can he do so?
The KKR skipper was expected to lead from the front in IPL 2019. But he has struggled to even make a good start. And that has affected KKR and now they are on a four-match losing streak.
Dinesh Karthik was supposed to finish off games for KKR, but his performance or lack of it has put an extra burden on Andre Russell who has tried his best but failed a couple of times.
In 9 matches so far, Karthik has managed just 111 runs @ 18.50 with one fifty at a strike rate of 118.08. Karthik’s non-show has impacted KKR’s standings in IPL table.
Sunil Narine is certain to be in World Cup squad for West Indies. But his performance in IPL 2019 does not inspire much confidence. West Indies selectors may think twice before including him in the squad.
Narine has struggled with his fitness in IPL 2019 and has managed just 6 wickets @ 30.33 in 7 games. He has totalled just 47 runs @ 17.83 in 7 matches, despite opening the innings most of the times.
Narine’s poor returns have affected KKR’s fortunes in IPL 2019 and they look certain to miss the play-off berth unless they turn their campaign around in the last few matches.