IPL 2019 is in the final stage with Mumbai Indians making it to their 5th final. Chennai Super Kings will get another shot in the final via Qualifier 2. Although there have been some outstanding performances in IPL 2019 so far, there have been few utter disappointment as some players have failed to live up to expectations. Cricwizz makes an IPL flop XI that has failed to shine this season.
Shane Watson and Kane Williamson
Shane Watson has not been his usual self in the tournament. He has struggled to rotate strike early in the innings, consuming a lot of dot balls to pile pressure on the batsmen to follow. He has just one fifty to show in the entire campaign so far. In 15 matches so far, he has scored 268 runs @ 17.86. His performance or the lack of it has put undue pressure on CSK’s middle-order.
Kane Williamson gets to partner Watson as the opener in this flop XI. Williamson struggled with injuries and played just 8 matches in the league stage, totalling just 128 runs @ 21.33 from 8 matches. Post the absence of Jonny Bairstow, and David Warner, Williamson struggled to lift the batting unit of SRH.
Ambati Rayudu seems to have been affected by the World Cup snub. He has managed 261 runs @ 23.72 with one fifty so far till Qualifier 1. He has failed to rally the middle-order in top-order failures for CSK, piling pressure on the finisher MS Dhoni to bail the team out every time. Rayudu’s strike rate of 93.54 in IPL 2019 was not even ODI standards.
CSK persisted with Jadhav in every game, but he has failed to deliver the goods. He has scored 162 runs @ 18.00 with a fifty to his credit. Jadhav’s absence from the playoffs is not even felt much as he has not been at his best so far. Jadhav is out with injury and is not clear whether he will be fit to play World Cup for India.
Captain & keeper: Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik’s captaincy has been questioned throughout the season with Andre Russell questioning his decision making. Russell has been peeved for not being allowed to bat higher up the order and create a winning position for his team and finish off games. Karthik’s own form was indifferent with the bat, managing two fifties. He failed to lead from the front, and his tactics were under scrutiny throughout. Karthik managed 253 runs @31.62 with 2 fifties.
Vijay Shankar and Ben Stokes
Vijay Shankar is No 4 for India in World Cup, but he was lackluster throughout the IPL season. He managed 219 runs @ 19.90 with the highest score of 40*. He managed just one wicket so far. His form does not augur well for India in the World Cup.
Another all-rounder to disappoint is Ben Stokes of Rajasthan Royals, failing with both bat and ball. He managed 123 runs with the bat @ 20.50 and 6 wickets @ 31.50 in 9 games. His economy rate of 11.22 is the worst by a bowler this season.
Kuldeep Yadav and M Ashwin
Kuldeep was so poor this season that he was dropped from the XI for his continuous failures. In fact, he became easy fodder for batsmen. Moeen Ali took apart Kuldeep’s bowling at Bengaluru and the chinaman bowler was in tears. He managed just 4 wickets in 9 games at an average of 71.50. Murugan Ashwin of KXIP too failed in the season, although he bowled well in patches and in tandem with R Ashwin. But his wickets tally did not inspire confidence. He managed 5 wickets in 10 games @ 51.
Mohammed Siraj and Dhawan Kulkarni
It’s difficult to understand RCB’s logic of persisting with Mohammed Siraj, despite the obvious struggle of the pacer throughout the season. Siraj’s death bowling was bizarre and conceded plenty of runs. He even failed to pick up wickets, managing just 7 scalps in 9 games at an average of 38.42. His poor returns highlighted RCB’s struggles with their medium-pace bowling this season.
Dhawal Kulkarni’s struggle was directly proportional to Royals’ poor show this season. He played 10 matches, bagging just 6 wickets @ 55.83 to make it tough for his team. He and other Royals’ bowlers were taken to task by the opposition this season. His bowling partner Jaidev Unadkat too does not fare well. The only exception was Jofra Archer.