Disappointing players in IPL 2017 so far- essentiallysports.com
Published 04/23/2017, 12:14 PM EDT
It’s been 17 days since the IPL season 10 commenced. A fair number of matches have been played to comment on the players who have underperformed. Essentially Sports brings you the disappointments of Indian Premier League 2017.
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Aaron Finch hasn’t come into his own this season. The swashbuckling opener has been struggling to score runs. He has batted down the order because Gujarat Lions have opted to open with Brendon Mccullum and Dwayne Smith. Apart from a single 33 from 19 balls that he got against Rising Pune Supergiants, he hasn’t been able to take on the bowlers. Finch has just 70 runs from the 4 matches that he has played at an average of 23.33 and a strike rate of 148.94.
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Stuart Binny hasn’t made any notable contribution to the RCB side till now this season. He was picked as an all-rounder but hasn’t been utilized by Kohli. He has bowled only 18 balls in 6 matches and has taken 2 wickets. In addition, he has scored 69 runs at an average of 23 and strike rate of just 115. Hope, he is utilized to his potential by Kohli in future matches.
Karun Nair was considered one of the most important players for Delhi Daredevils, especially after his international fame, scoring a triple century against England in tests. His responsibility was to hold the batting of DD together. But, he hasn’t been able to do that so far. In fact, in the four innings he played, he has scored just 58 runs at an average of 14.50 and a strike rate of 103.57. Hopefully, Zaheer will stick with him and give him opportunities to show his potential.
MI captain hasn’t been in form after recovering from the injury which forced him to miss a major part of the grand home season. Although he got his team home in the match against Gujarat Lions scoring a 40 from just 29 balls, he only has just 9 runs from the other 4 innings. He hasn’t been able to pick the googly from the leg-spinner and has been struggling with his timing. Rohit has 49 runs from 5 innings at an average of 12.25 and strike rate of 102.08.
Although the youngster hasn’t got many opportunities this season, he was unable to impress in the 4 innings that he played. KKR see a finisher in Suryakumar Yadav, a role which he has successfully taken on in the last seasons. This season though he just has 29 runs in 4 matches at an average of 7.25 and a strike rate of 103.57. KKR would hope that he finds his form and starts finishing games again.
David Miller has been out of form since the last season and that fact hasn’t changed much for the Kings XI Punjab this year as well. Kings XI needed their 4 overseas players to step up and perform but Miller sure has been struggling. Not the destructive Miller, as he is known, he has 83 runs at an average of 27.67 and a strike rate of 103.75 from the 4 innings he has played. Punjab needs Miller to hit form soon otherwise their fate is going to be same as the last season.
Deepak Hooda is a great talent and a future prospect for the Indian Cricket team. But, he isn’t performing well this season. Seems like that he only wants to strike every ball out of the ground and not play it on merit. Hence, he ends up giving his wicket away after scoring one or two boundaries. He has 59 runs from 5 matches at an average of 19.67 and a strike rate of 140.48.
This year, all the hype was around Ben Stokes who was the highest bid going to Rising Pune Supegiants for a whooping 14.5 crores. Consequently, he was expected to be the match winner that they lacked last year. Unfortunately, he hasn’t lived up to the expectations. He just has 100 runs from 5 matches at an average of 20 and a strike rate of of 138.89. Stokes just has 4 wickets to his name this season and if RPS want to do well, he needs to start performing.
Former India and RPS captain MS Dhoni seems to be well past his prime days and is currently struggling with his form. Just 61 runs from 5 matches at an average of 15.25 and strike rate of 87.14 doesnt justify his potential. Although his keeping skills have been up to the mark, he needs to get back in form if RPS is to have any chance of qualifying for the playoffs.
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