So, yet another IPL season has drawn to a close. And, this season too, the IPL provided thrillingmoments for fans to cherish. Rohit Sharma proved his amazing leadership, CSK continued their consistency by reaching their eighth IPL final, David Warner sparkled with the bat for SRH, Chris Gayle proved that age is just a number, JaspritBumrah maintained his status as the best T20 bowler in the world, and Andre Russell entertained us with his brutal power hitting.
But in this IPL, there were certain cricketers who turned out to be huge disappointments for their teams this season. In this article, let us look at the players who turned out to be huge disappointments for their respective franchises.
Shimron Hetmyer – Royal Challengers Bangalore
Shimron Hetmyer was picked up by the Royal Challengers Bangalore to lend additional firepower to the batting order that already consisted of Superstars like ViratKohli and AB De Villiers.
The young West Indian batsman struggled to get going, and could only manage to score 90 runs in the 5 matches that he played at an average of just 18.00. And, if you take out the 75 that he scored in the last game, then, Hetmyer’s returns in the IPL drop down further.
A lot was expected of the talented West Indian batsman, but he disappointed this season for RCB. It will be interesting to see if RCB stick with Hetmyer next season or not. The West Indian has abundance of talent and if used properly at the top of the order, he can surely be destructive for Kohli’s side.
Kedar Jadhav – Chennai Super Kings
Another player who disappointed this season was KedarJadhav of the Chennai Super Kings. The little right hander was expected to support the middle order and lend the finishing touches to the innings along with the legendary MS Dhoni.
But then, the 34 year old turned out to be a failure this season. In the 14 matches that he played, Jadhav could only manage to score 162 runs at an average of just 18.00, and a below par strike rate of just 95.00. He struggled to get going, struggled to rotate the strike, and did not do justice to the 8.4 Crores that CSK spent on him this season.
The Chennai squad is an aging one and a refurbish is definitely on the cards for the side. Whether or not Jadhav is part of the revamped unit remains to be seen.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar- Sunrisers Hyderabad
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is a man who can trouble the best of batsmen with his perfect line and length and his ability to get the ball to swing both ways. But then, the SRH bowling spearhead struggled with the ball this season.
In the 15 matches that he played for the Sunrisers Hyderabad, the Indian pacer could manage to pick up just 13 wickets at an average of 35.46, and a relatively high economy rate of 7.81.
The poor form of Kumar just before the World Cup is really a cause of concern, as he is expected to lead the Indian pace attack in England alongside JaspritBumrah.
If his sticky patch continues in the first few games of the World Cup, Bhuvi could be replaced by the rejuvenated and enthusiastic Mohammed Shami who’s been in remarkable touch for quite some time now.