After the 29 league matches, the Indian Premier League was postponed by the BCCI because the COVID 19 virus had breached the bio bubble of the players and the support staff members. The halfway of the 14edition was conducted successfully as the legendary and young players gave many brilliant individual performances.
But there were also big names who failed to show their worth despite the experience and expertise in this cash-rich league tournament. Today we bring you the Top flop XI of the IPL 2021 season before the matches of this season got postponed.
David Warner – The destructive Aussie opener was not at his best in the tournament. David Warner got starts, but he didn’t convert them into a big score. Warner has been the consistent performer for the orange army till this season. But this time, he didn’t step up.
They found him struggling to time the ball in the matches he played so far. Warner also stepped down of the captaincy mid-way in the season, and they dropped him from the final match which SRH played in this season.
Manan Vohra – The RR opener was given chances ahead of Yashhaswi Jaiswal. But he didn’t respond to the captain’s call. Manan had the guidance of the best director, which RR had hired. But Vohra didn’t take Kumara Sangakkara’s advice seriously, which is why he managed just 14 runs in just games, and after that, he didn’t appear for RR again in the tournament.
Shubman Gill – The talented Indian Opener was found nowhere in this year’s competition. He had a good IPL 2020 season, and KKR wanted Gill to convert that performance which would have helped KKR end their title drought this year. But Gill failed to so. He got starts in three innings, and his strike rate also came under the scanner. He didn’t score big runs fast in this fast-paced format.
Ishan Kishan – Mumbai Indians did well last year because of Ishan Kishan. He was in his prime form last year in the UAE, but in his home country, that good form suddenly got vanished. After he made his India debut, Kishan might have got complacent, which is not a good sign for Indian Cricket.
Kishan needs to step up his performance in the upcoming domestic games because complacency can be dangerous for him as many young players like Kishan are eyeing an Indian cap. Kishan was dropped after his poor show.
Nicolas Pooran – The hard hitter West Indian was the major disappointment of the IPL 2021 season. With his fellow members like Gayle, Russell and Pollard had decent half-season, Pooran had bagged four ducks in the one single season of this cash-rich league tournament.
Punjab Kings kept their faith in Pooran. Punjab had a better option than Pooran in the squad. But still, they persisted with him, and they ended up with a poor performance in this season.
Hardik Pandya – Before the IPL started, the issue with Hardik was that he wasn’t bowling. But after the postponement of the IPL 2021 season midway, now the issue with Hardik is his batting. It is the batting of Hardik Pandya which let the Mumbai Indians down.
MI has good quality of bowlers. Still, Hardik’s bowling gives any team the perfect balance. Hardik had a string of low scores in the middle order. He scored just 52 runs in six innings, and last year he performed brilliantly in that same position which helped MI lift the IPL 2019 and 2020 title.
Jhye Richardson – A lot from expected from this Aussie lad. Punjab Kings brought him because he can add depth to the bowling of PBKS, which was under a mess from the last few seasons.
Jhye was brought for 14 crores in the auctions. But this Aussie fast bowler didn’t live up to that expectation. He took just three wickets, and he was too expensive in his spell. Richardson had the worst economic rate in the IPL 2021 season.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar – The purple cap holder for the 2016 and 2017 season was expected to repeat that kind of performance for the orange army. But Bhuvi, who bowled so well against England in that T20I series and ODI series, was taken for the cleaners by the opposition team. he didn’t get the wickets with the new ball and in the depth overs of the innings, which was why SRH was at the bottom of the points table.
Sandeep Sharma – Another pace bowler from the orange army has a wealth of experience. But he didn’t perform as well as he does. Sandeep Sharma was also the one with Bhuvesnhwar Kumar, who did an excellent job in 2016 when SRH won its first title.
Sandeep and Bhuvi were dropped after their disappointing performances. Sandeep got one wicket, and his economy was over ten in the games he played for SRH.
Yuzvendra Chahal – The lead spin bowler of RCB was under pressure for not delivering in this IPL season. He took his first IPL wicket after a while. But to his good fortunes, RCB had a decent season as they were on the third spot of the IPL points table.
Chahal was the highest wicket-taker in the previous seasons for the RCB franchise. But ib this season, he was not at his best. He took just four wickets in the seven matches he played.
Sunil Narine – The mystery has gone missing from Sunil Narine in the recent years of the IPL. After he was asked to open the innings for Kolkata Knight Riders, Narine bowling has gone down. He wasn’t an all-rounder who could bat.
But Narine is the bowler first and then the batsman, who can slog. KKR had deep trouble as none of their overseas spinners were effective in this season. Shakin Al Hasan was another one who had been a disappointment to their fans at the halfway stage.