The 12th edition of the Indian Premier League turned out to be an extravagant event which was a complete package of excitement, exhilaration and enthusiastic encounters. The IPL 2019 was arguably the best IPL season ever.
Although the fans feel the same after the end of each season, there's no denying to the fact that the competition among the teams was extremely intense this time around. The aficionados were able to witness as many as two super-overs, umpteen nail-biting finishes and some high-octane thrillers. Rohit Sharma led Mumbai Indians to a record fourth title, thereby making them the most successful team of the IPL.
Besides enjoying the success of many players, we also witnessed unexpected failures of some players. The flop show of young lads and experienced stalwarts is very unfortunate for the fans. Let's have a look at the playing XI of Indian players who miserably failed this season.
#1 Prithvi Shaw & Ambati Rayudu
Shaw had a poor tournament
Prithvi Shaw, the young lad from Mumbai was picked by the Delhi Capitals in 2018. He had a decent IPL last time around but he failed to make a big impact this season. The 19 year-old Shaw managed to score 353 runs at an average of about 22 and strike rate nearing 134.
His average falls to just 16.99 if his brilliant knock of 99 runs against the Kolkata Knight Riders is excluded. Shaw managed to score only two 50+ scores as inconsistency proved to be his biggest concern.
A dream run in IPL 2018 rewarded a place to Ambati Rayudu in the national team but doohickeys didn't go well with him this time around. The 33 year old-batsman, Ambati Rayudu had a forgettable season as he managed to score only 282 runs at an average of 23.50 and an extremely poor strike rate of about 93.
The experienced campaigner from Hyderabad played 12 innings with a strike rate of 100 or less which added to the woes of the fragile middle order of Chennai outfit. Ambati Rayudu is also the wicket-keeper of this flop XI.
#2 Robin Uthappa, Kedar Jadhav and Yusuf Pathan
The ‘Orange Cap’ winner of IPL 2014, Robin Uthappa didn't have a good time this season. The Karnataka batsman was a weak link in the KKR middle order as failed to utilize his opportunities. Robin Uthappa played a couple of match-losing knocks for his team this season: 9 (20) against RCB and 40 (47), both knocks coming totally against the run of play.
Indian fans will be disappointed to see this name in the flop XI. Kedar Jadhav is a part of the Indian World Cup squad and will have to play an important role in the big tournament. Jadav was yet another CSK batsman who batted with a strike rate of less than run a ball this season. Apart from Rayudu, Jadhav too added to the woes of the fragile middle order of CSK as he averaged only 18 in the tourney.
The failure of Yusuf Pathan was a big disappointment for SRH and its fans. The 36 year-old batsman averaged just 13.33 with a strike rate of less than 90. Generally known for his power hitting, Pathan played six innings with SR of less than 100 in the tourney.
#3 Vijay Shankar & Axar Patel
Vijay Shankar is yet another Indian player in this flop XI that will be a concern for the Indian team. The Tamil all-rounder was impressive in the Blue Jersey but went off colour as soon as he donned ‘Orange’ Jersey. Averaging only 20.33 with the bat, the 28 year-old all-rounder failed to make even a single fifty in the tourney.
His bowling abilities weren't utilized fully as he picked up only one wicket this season. He is one the reasons why SRH struggled once their explosive openers left in the middle of the season.
Another unsuccessful IPL season for Axar Patel could make a bad Impact on his cricketing career. The bowling all-rounder from Gujrat, Axar Patel failed to make an impact with either bat or ball this season. He averaged only 18.33 with the bat and hardly grabbed his chances with the ball either. Despite a sluggish pitch at Feroz Shah Kotla which supported spinners, he took only 10 wickets this season.
#4 Kuldeep Yadav and Umesh Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav has been India's most successful spinner in recent times. However, Kuldeep Yadav had a forgettable IPL season as he failed miserably this time around. His poor form would be a concern for the Indian Team. Kuldeep struck only four wickets with an extremely poor average of 71.50 and strike rate nearing 50.
The main reason behind his failure might be the deck at Eden Gardens which provided little support for the spinners. The 24 year-old Chinaman managed to pick just one wicket in four matches he played at Eden Gardens. Kuldeep was hammered badly by the Royal Challengers Bangalore at Eden Gardens as he conceded 59 runs in his spell. English all-rounder Moeen Ali hammered Kuldeep for 27 runs in a single over in that game. Kuldeep along with Indians fans will be hoping for a strong comeback in World Cup.
Indian speedster Umesh Yadav had a great time in IPL 2018 but doohickeys didn't go well for him this time around. Umesh didn't live up to the expectations either with the new ball or in death overs. The 31 year-old bowler picked only 8 wickets with a terrible average of 46.37 and expensive economy of 9.80.
#5 Jaydev Unadkat and Mohammed Siraj
Another Indian pacer in this flop XI is Jaydev Unadkat. He couldn't justify his high price tag of INR 8.40 crores as he failed miserably. In the match at Chepauk, Unadkat was plundered for 28 runs by Dhoni and Jadeja in the last over of the innings. Averaging more than 39, Unadkat picked only 10 wickets with a poor economy of 10.
Never ending death over woes of RCB worsened this season. The flop show of Mohammed Siraj was one of the main reasons behind it. The pacer from Hyderabad could manage to pick only 7 wickets in the 9 matches he played. Averaging 38.42 with the white cherry, Siraj had a poor strike rate of 24.14 and economy nearing 10. In the game against KKR at M. Chinnaswamy, Siraj bowled two beamers which probably cost them a victory and spot in the playoffs.