So, yet another IPL season has drawn to a close. And, this season too, the IPL provided riveting moments for fans to cherish. Rohit Sharma proved what an amazing leader he was, CSK continued to redefine the meaning of consistency by reaching their eighth IPL final, David Warner sparkled with the bat for SRH, Chris Gayle proved that age is just a number, Jasprit Bumrah reaffirmed his status as the best T20 bowler in the world, and Andre Russell baffled us with his brutal power hitting.
But then, for all those who lit up the IPL, there were certain cricketers who turned out to be huge disappointments for their sides this season. In this article, let us look at three players who turned out to be huge disappointments for their respective franchises.
#3 Shimron Hetmyer - Royal Challengers Bangalore
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 underwhelming 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 plummet 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 oodles of talent and if used properly at the top of the order, he can surely be destructive for Kohli's side.
Record: Matches; 5 Runs:90 Average: 18.00 H/S:75
#2 Kedar Jadhav - Chennai Super Kings
Another player who disappointed this season was Kedar Jadhav of the Chennai Super Kings. The diminutive right hander was expected to bolster 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 disappointment 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 revamp is definitely on the cards for the side. Whether or not Jadhav is part of the revamped unit remains to be seen.
Record: Matches: 14 Runs:162 Average: 18.00 H/S:58
#1 Bhuvneshwar Kumar- Sunrisers Hyderabad
On his day, Bhuvneshwar Kumar is a man who can trouble the best of batsmen with his impeccable 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 spearhead the Indian pace attack in England alongside Jasprit Bumrah.
If his sticky patch continues in the first few games of the World Cup, Bhuvi could be replaced by the rejuvenated and reenergized Mohammed Shami who's been in phenomenal touch for quite some time now.
Record: Matches:15 Wickets:13 Average: 35.46 Economy Rate:7.81
So, there you have it. These are the three players who turned out to be huge disappointments this season.