October 8, 2012

Top billing, bottom drawer

Tim Wigmore
XI players who failed to live up to the hype at the World Twenty20
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Richard Levi
Having replaced Graeme Smith in the squad, largely on the basis of a remarkable 117 against New Zealand in February, Levi's lack of subtlety meant that, save for a facile 50 not out against Zimbabwe, he never threatened a repeat. Unable to rotate the strike effectively, Levi's default option - the hoick to the leg side - proved embarrassingly ineffective. His struggles almost exactly mirrored those of Craig Kieswetter - another big-hitting opener born in Johannesburg in 1987 who has played for Somerset this year.

Gautam Gambhir
With his team-mates, most notably Virender Sehwag, struggling somewhat, Gambhir was entrusted with the role of senior player. But he failed to deliver the runs expected of him, managing a meagre 80 in five innings, with a lack of foot movement exposed by opposition quicks.

Hashim Amla
After a magnificent tour of England, which included a Test triple-ton and top scoring in five consecutive limited-overs games, Amla was perhaps South Africa's biggest disappointment. The challenging wickets required players with techniques of the quality of Amla. Yet he seemed unable to recognise this, looking uncomfortable - and unnatural - attempting to improvise, only managing 39 runs in four games against top eight sides.

Jonny Bairstow
As during the ODI tour of India last winter, England's great batting hope proved incapable of settling against spin, seemingly unsure of whether his role was to hit out or rotate the strike. The result was ugly: indeed, given how Eoin Morgan later played, Bairstow's 29-ball 18 against West Indies appeared a match-losing innings. Thanks to Kieswetter's struggles, Bairstow received a double promotion against Sri Lanka - moving up to No. 3 and taking the gloves - but on both accounts he disappointed.

Kamran Akmal
After he blazed 92 not out in a warm-up victory over India, much was expected of Akmal this tournament. However, a tendency to get out to soft dismissals limited him to six boundaries in six innings - which made Pakistan over-reliant on their younger batsmen. And his keeping underwhelmed yet again.

Kieron Pollard
While Pollard's 38 against Australia, including three consecutive sixes off Xavier Doherty, provided one of the enduring memories of the tournament, it could not disguise his disappointing performances elsewhere. He fell for two or fewer in three of six innings, largely unable to replicate his bullying of domestic bowlers.

Shahid Afridi
This tournament was Afridi's Lehman Brothers moment: Boom Boom went bust. His batting descended to the extent that his two first-ball dismissals had a distinct feeling of inevitability. His bowling has been much more consistent over his career, but even that provided only limited consolation, with just three wickets claimed.

Andre Russell
Considered one of West Indies' most dangerous short-format players, Russell was a virtual non-entity in the tournament. In six games, he managed just four overs - his hittable length bowling was dispatched for 55 - while his batting failed to sparkle either, with a golden duck in the final rather summing up his tournament.

Umar Gul
While Gul's long handle earned Pakistan an extraordinary victory over South Africa, that could not disguise a tournament in which he completely failed to live up to his status as one of the world's finest death bowlers. Three wickets and an economy rate nudging 10 reflected that Gul was unable to locate his yorker with his customary devilish accuracy.

Tim Southee
A harsh selection, maybe, given Southee's respectable tournament record - eight wickets at 18, albeit at an economy rate of eight. But he entered with a reputation as a specialist death bowler, only to twice bowl the Super Over for New Zealand in games they lost. And don't even mention that no-ball six.

Brad Hogg
Hogg bowled half-decently in Australia's semi-final mauling by West Indies, but after the hype surrounding his comeback, however, he would have envisaged claiming rather more than the two wickets* he took. His chinaman lacked its previous international effectiveness, and it is hard to imagine him playing for Australia again.

12th man: Albie Morkel
Much discussion from South African supporters centred on how to get Morkel into the side. While he seemed set to provide the late-innings power South Africa conspicuously lacked, in reality his displays with bat and ball were distinctly underwhelming. By the end of the tournament there was as much confusion about his role as at the start.

9 Oct, 2012, 11:58:17 GMT: The item on Brad Hogg originally said he took one wicket

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  • JG2704 on October 11, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    @Mahesh1129 on (October 10 2012, 09:25 AM GMT) I make it that Sharma scored 92 in 5 inns inc 2 not outs at an average of just over 30. I wouldn't say that was Flop form. Yuvraj may not have done so well with the bat but with the ball his stats look pretty decent so I definitely (as a neutral) would say Yuvraj or Sharma are anywhere near the worst 11

  • JG2704 on October 11, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    @Sukumar Radrapu on (October 11 2012, 03:17 AM GMT) To be fair India probably were the most unfortunate side not to make it to the semis

  • JG2704 on October 11, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    @shaantanu on (October 11 2012, 07:22 AM GMT) Guess it's very subjective. One of my points is that Sharma is/was not a big name internationally so probably would not be seen as a flop to non Indian fans. Also with the bat I've worked out that his average was over 30 with a SR of 122 which may not be elite material but I'd certainly not say it was flop material either. It's ironic that AB gets in some of the BEST teams of the tournament and his SR is only slightly above at 130 and his average is just over 22 and if you took his 30 off 13 out in that 8 over game where SRs would naturally go up his average would have been less than 20 at a SR of 107 and the whole world would have been expecting from AB. Kallis likewise - in his 3 inns he averaged 8 , scoring 24 off 33 at a SR of 0.72 and he went at over 8 an over with the ball too. I'm really surprised no one else has mentioned Kallis. PS also it sounds as though you yourself did not expect much of Sharma anyway. All the best

  • shaantanu on October 11, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    JG2704: your analysis regarding Rohit Sharma seems to be quite fair but he is a very unpopular figure amongst Indian fans.Though he must have rubbed the selectors and the skipper the right way to be getting so many chances.No real conntribution with the bat,not a bowler by any means.Manoj tiwary sud have got a chance.better fielder and cudnt have contributed any worse with the bat.

  • on October 11, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    Indians are not consistent failures in this tournament. Sehwag played 3 innings, got 20+ twice. Yuvi got 8 wkts and 66 runs in 4 innings. Bhajji 4 wkts in 2 mts. Raina scored 3 20+ innings. One big loss had knocked out India. Winning 4 of 5 games is not a bad thing.

  • stormy16 on October 10, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    Afridi was the biggest let down. The conditions were perfect for him and he didnt do anything with bat or ball. What's more the way he got out was absurd including two golden ducks. Just expected more from him specially in the semi final.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on October 10, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Harbhajan played 2 games only and in one he got wickets . Zak played 4 games and in 1 game he got 3 wickets.Aswin played 4 games only but he got 5 wickets @ econ:6 which not that bat in T20. So, you wanna call them as flop? instead of some one who got 3 wickets in 6 matches and 2 ducks under his name!lol

  • Fast_Track_Bully on October 10, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    @all Pak fans: relax. don't be angry on Indians just bcz your players were flop. The fact is that there were Indian players too but they didn't get many chances after one flop innings. For eg: Bhaji. He was brilliant against Eng and flop against Aus and left out. So you can term him as flop based on 2 matches like Afridi who played all matches.

  • JG2704 on October 10, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    Re those comments from Indian fans saying that the whole of their team bar Kohli should be there. I'd say SA were the biggest flop side considering the depth of talent they have and how they performed in the 1st group stage and pre tournament. Esp their batsmen. One player who I'm surprised has not been mentioned is Kallis. If you take out the 1st game vs Zimbabwe in his following 4 matches his combined bowling figures would be BATTING 12 off 18 , 6 off 7 and 6 off 8 - BOWLING 3-58 off 7 overs at nearly 8.5 rpo . From a man of his calibre and experience you'd have expected much more from him - especially with the bat - and I'm surprised he has gone unnoticed

  • JG2704 on October 10, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Re Sharma - I'm not sure what was expected from him and maybe much was expected from him from Indian fans but from world fans I don't think that much was expected of him. As an England fan he scored 55 not out off 33 against us and while I accept we were poor I can't consider him for a flops 11

  • JG2704 on October 11, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    @Mahesh1129 on (October 10 2012, 09:25 AM GMT) I make it that Sharma scored 92 in 5 inns inc 2 not outs at an average of just over 30. I wouldn't say that was Flop form. Yuvraj may not have done so well with the bat but with the ball his stats look pretty decent so I definitely (as a neutral) would say Yuvraj or Sharma are anywhere near the worst 11

  • JG2704 on October 11, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    @Sukumar Radrapu on (October 11 2012, 03:17 AM GMT) To be fair India probably were the most unfortunate side not to make it to the semis

  • JG2704 on October 11, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    @shaantanu on (October 11 2012, 07:22 AM GMT) Guess it's very subjective. One of my points is that Sharma is/was not a big name internationally so probably would not be seen as a flop to non Indian fans. Also with the bat I've worked out that his average was over 30 with a SR of 122 which may not be elite material but I'd certainly not say it was flop material either. It's ironic that AB gets in some of the BEST teams of the tournament and his SR is only slightly above at 130 and his average is just over 22 and if you took his 30 off 13 out in that 8 over game where SRs would naturally go up his average would have been less than 20 at a SR of 107 and the whole world would have been expecting from AB. Kallis likewise - in his 3 inns he averaged 8 , scoring 24 off 33 at a SR of 0.72 and he went at over 8 an over with the ball too. I'm really surprised no one else has mentioned Kallis. PS also it sounds as though you yourself did not expect much of Sharma anyway. All the best

  • shaantanu on October 11, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    JG2704: your analysis regarding Rohit Sharma seems to be quite fair but he is a very unpopular figure amongst Indian fans.Though he must have rubbed the selectors and the skipper the right way to be getting so many chances.No real conntribution with the bat,not a bowler by any means.Manoj tiwary sud have got a chance.better fielder and cudnt have contributed any worse with the bat.

  • on October 11, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    Indians are not consistent failures in this tournament. Sehwag played 3 innings, got 20+ twice. Yuvi got 8 wkts and 66 runs in 4 innings. Bhajji 4 wkts in 2 mts. Raina scored 3 20+ innings. One big loss had knocked out India. Winning 4 of 5 games is not a bad thing.

  • stormy16 on October 10, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    Afridi was the biggest let down. The conditions were perfect for him and he didnt do anything with bat or ball. What's more the way he got out was absurd including two golden ducks. Just expected more from him specially in the semi final.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on October 10, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Harbhajan played 2 games only and in one he got wickets . Zak played 4 games and in 1 game he got 3 wickets.Aswin played 4 games only but he got 5 wickets @ econ:6 which not that bat in T20. So, you wanna call them as flop? instead of some one who got 3 wickets in 6 matches and 2 ducks under his name!lol

  • Fast_Track_Bully on October 10, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    @all Pak fans: relax. don't be angry on Indians just bcz your players were flop. The fact is that there were Indian players too but they didn't get many chances after one flop innings. For eg: Bhaji. He was brilliant against Eng and flop against Aus and left out. So you can term him as flop based on 2 matches like Afridi who played all matches.

  • JG2704 on October 10, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    Re those comments from Indian fans saying that the whole of their team bar Kohli should be there. I'd say SA were the biggest flop side considering the depth of talent they have and how they performed in the 1st group stage and pre tournament. Esp their batsmen. One player who I'm surprised has not been mentioned is Kallis. If you take out the 1st game vs Zimbabwe in his following 4 matches his combined bowling figures would be BATTING 12 off 18 , 6 off 7 and 6 off 8 - BOWLING 3-58 off 7 overs at nearly 8.5 rpo . From a man of his calibre and experience you'd have expected much more from him - especially with the bat - and I'm surprised he has gone unnoticed

  • JG2704 on October 10, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Re Sharma - I'm not sure what was expected from him and maybe much was expected from him from Indian fans but from world fans I don't think that much was expected of him. As an England fan he scored 55 not out off 33 against us and while I accept we were poor I can't consider him for a flops 11

  • JG2704 on October 10, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    @Dashgar on (October 10 2012, 03:42 AM GMT) Guilty of having Wade in there and probably wrong in that he wasn't top billing but from how many Oz posters rated him so much above Haddin I expected him to be better than that. Sharma played well vs England but I'm not sure what was expected from him. Mallinga is a silly call as he had just the one bad match and was excellent in the rest of the tournament. Sehwag may be a fair call

  • on October 10, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    DIDNT WE MISSED SEHWAG & BHAJJI? ASHWIN? L0l so pathetic that a team reaches in Semis has 3 Flops? come on get a life ............

  • raj_ci on October 10, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    @ AjitDJ: He doesn't seem to have match fitness for one-day/T20 matches.. I doubt he would be fit for Test matches. I think he should be dropped from team!!

  • 100_rabh on October 10, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Opening pair for this team has to come from India. Sehwag-Gambhir have been consistent in their underperformance across all the formats since last couple of years. Also, one of them has to lead this team. This way their captaincy ambition will also be fulfilled

  • vish57 on October 10, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    Entire indian team except Kohili, Raina,Ashwin & Balaji have contributed to Indian failure. Zaheer and Ifran bowled poorly, Sehwag,Gambir, Rohit Sharma, Dhoni all failed to deliver; Yuvi was clearly unfit due to lack of stamina. I wonder how long selectors will give chance for Rohit Sharma, definitely 1 in 50 innings, he will score with few dropped catches. Allow Indian players to play in other T20 leagues especially in Australia, SA and England...... the quality of playing players will improve, otherwise paper heroes only.

  • danithereddevil on October 10, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    Camreen White,Zaheer Khan,Ms Dhoni,Kallis,Sanga,Malik a few more names on the list.

  • Mahesh1129 on October 10, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    Before Gambhir, Yuvi, MSD and Sehwag's name should be included in this as they have scored 66, 65 and 54 respectively in 4 innings, except sehwag who played 3 innings. Rohit Sharma also should make to this list as he scored only 82 from 4 innings.

  • MaxG9 on October 10, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    What about Jacques Kallis? His horrendous run in ICC tournaments continues. Major reason for RSA never reaching an ICC final or in most cases not even going beyond a super 8 or equivalent stage from 2003 onwards.

    He scored at an average of 8, only above 3 others in the team. He took 7 wickets but 4 of them at a good average was against Zimbabwe! So that one performance boosted his bowling averages somewhat but still got him only to about the middle in team averages.

    He rarely plays consistently on the big stage.

  • on October 10, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    lol what about zak, harbhajan singh?

  • on October 10, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    From an Indian fan - this list should include the entire Indian team except for Kohli and Ashwin. Everyone else was a flop!

  • smudgeon on October 10, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    I really wanted to see Brad Hogg do well - such a great comeback story. Shame he wasn't able to take a few wickets.

  • on October 10, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    For those who want to include MSD in this list, come on guys, he atleast played some decent knocks in the meagre amount of balls he faced. This list should include Zaheer, Sehwag and Rohit Sharma. And we cant judge Malinga by just one match. He was a gud bowler through the tournament.

  • Sunman81 on October 10, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    How can you miss MSD, Sehwag,Zak in this XL?

    They deserves it...

  • on October 10, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    how can you forget to add a captain......you can select dhoni as captain ;as a captain he fared well only against england.all the other matches he was just clue less and if we consider his snail pace batting at times he well deserves the captaincy of this team

  • AjitDJ on October 10, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    Zaheer Khan has become a burden for the Indian team now. He should retire from T20's and ODI's, and just stick to test matches.

  • on October 10, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    why is not MSD there? Gambhir scored more than him....

  • on October 10, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    What about Shahid Afridi, he seems to be the biggest dissappointment.

  • Nadeem1976 on October 10, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    biggest flop is Shahid Afridi. Very sad to see the way he played this WC.

  • ankitth on October 10, 2012, 4:30 GMT

    which fool has selected this team !Tim southee is in the list?Did the writer actually see the T20 matches?Lassith Malinga should be included in that list along with Cameron White of Australia,the biggest flop!

  • Ramansilva on October 10, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    All except Virat in the Indian team, All except Shakib in the BD team, All except Ajmal in the Pak team and All except Mahela and Ajantha in the SL team should be in the flop list. The biggest flops were Malinga and Afridi.

  • on October 10, 2012, 4:23 GMT

    Should have included all the players who played in the Indian blue uniform baring Virat Kohli. He is playing with the form of his life.

  • shaantanu on October 10, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    What about Rohit Sharma?.....maybe he is not in the list because he did as expected.nothing was expected from him actually n he didnt disappoint. Sehwag sud also be there......i m speaking from an indian point of view.

  • Dashgar on October 10, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    Come on people, read the headline. Top Billing, Bottom Dollar. Did Rohit Sharma, Ravi Bopara and Matthew Wade (or most of the others mentioned) really come into the tournament with "Top Billing"? I don't think so. Lasith Malinga could be on this list if he wasn't Man of the Match in a must win group game. Yes he had a bad final, so did Gayle, but there's no calls for him on this list.

  • on October 10, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    I think whole Indian team apart from Kholi should be there

  • BMayuresh on October 10, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    Oh, you forgot about Sultan of Multan.... Viru too was a great disappointment :(

  • Dashgar on October 10, 2012, 3:31 GMT

    I think Indian fans have over the top expectations of Zaheer Khan. Everybody from every other nation knew he would get smashed. He's a shadow of the bowler he once was and the world is aware of that. The only reason he's still in the India side at all is because nothing remotely noteworthy is coming through the Indian system to replace him.

  • shortsillypoint on October 10, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    Tim Southee? For the meltdown at Super overs. In that case why not Malinga as he was smashed in the final. Just as silly a slection!

  • sundoo on October 10, 2012, 1:55 GMT

    I agree. Should have included Sehwag ,Zaheer as well .

  • vk6848 on October 10, 2012, 1:03 GMT

    I agree that Sangakkara should be in this list; he created an illusion that he did okay but fumbled many times in key aituations as keeper, and as a batsman ruined games including the final for SL by staying in and not scoring. If one shot can get someone into this list, what about Mathews :-)

  • gibbons on October 9, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    @rednwhitearmy - great call. Kudos to you on not letting tournament performances cloud your judgement like all those silly pundits. Great win over Afghanistan by the way, keep that form up and you might even topple Ireland in the next world cup.

  • on October 9, 2012, 23:18 GMT

    Zaheer - the Sachin of bowling! I think he got only 3 wickets, that too in the last match.

  • RednWhiteArmy on October 9, 2012, 23:12 GMT

    Surely 10 australians should be on this list

  • rgrokkam1 on October 9, 2012, 22:03 GMT

    I am not a fan of Zaheer Khan, but his performances are not as bad as you guys describe. He had a bad match 3 overs (32 runs) against Afghan and decent matches against Aus/ Pakistan where he went for 6.0/7.0 an over (good rpo in T20) without a wicket and an excellent match against SA, 4 overs 22 runs and 3 wickets. As a strike bowler you are expected to take more wickets, but keeping the rpo is also a tough job. Also, do not agree on Russell, he is more of a batting all rounder. His bowling was never his strength. He had 4 chances to bat, in two of them he came at the end and was not out. In the match against NZ, where he came early, he did not score many. In the last match he was not out. His fielding is excellent though. I hope WI invest on him and turn into a quality all rounder.

  • JG2704 on October 9, 2012, 21:06 GMT

    @fr0nt-foot_lunge on (October 09 2012, 11:17 AM GMT) But then if your past posts are to be believed , then you expected nothing from these England players pre tournament . As an England fan of course

  • JG2704 on October 9, 2012, 21:06 GMT

    @Varun Gautam on (October 09 2012, 11:21 AM GMT) Didn't really follow India players individual form but Sharma played well vs England.

  • JG2704 on October 9, 2012, 21:06 GMT

    @Andrew Hall on (October 09 2012, 11:58 AM GMT) re Ravi. I think he only played one match and was hopeless with the bat but ok with the ball. I kind of had the idea that the theme was players we expected good things of but delivered nothing. Not sure anything was expected of Ravi even from the most ardent Eng fan. Apart from the WI inns I was actually disappointed with Morgan too.

  • on October 9, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    I had picked my Top 10 performers in the T20 WC and had Southee in there (just)...certainly the best Kiwi performer...where did ya get that pick from ? (Martyn from Cornwall and non-kiwi)

  • The_gremlin on October 9, 2012, 20:54 GMT

    It's time SA realise that Levi's weaknesses are too great for him to playing at international level. Maybe he needs more time to work on his technique. However, his early dismissals, usually within a few balls of the match put undue pressure on players like Kallis and Amla - who were already performing under par. De Villiers seems to be like a Botham - the pressures of captaincy are affecting his performance, and his skills as captain are also lacking. Maybe it's something that will sort itself out over time, or maybe they should hand the leadership to Amla, and let AB do what he does best. As for Albie Morkel, anybody with a brain has always known he's not an international level bowler. If they're going to keep playing him, then bat him up the order as a specialist batsman, maybe even at #3. The T20 format is too short for a a team carry players, and sadly SA were carrying 3 or 4 per match. No wonder they were so awful.

  • on October 9, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    how about the entire Bangladeshi Team.. minus Shakib Al Hasan of course...

  • on October 9, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    how about the entire Bangladeshi Team.. minus Shakib Al Hasan of course...

  • Arun14 on October 9, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    I'd have liked to see Gambhir's two illustrious teammated Sehwag and Dhoni in this XI too. Actually, Sehwag would be the first inclusion in an All-Time XI of T20 Flops.

  • pawaramol22 on October 9, 2012, 19:49 GMT

    @CrissCross786: I think these flop XI are players who expected to do well.. players like Rohit were not expected to do well.

    I hope Rohit will come good in next matches.

  • FantasticOne on October 9, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    My list will have Zaheer Khan! India needs to phase him out of T20 team.

  • on October 9, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    U guys forgot Dhoni, the supposed greatest limited player ever. Truthfully tho, I have never seen such an over-hyped player.

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on October 9, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    @wickyroy.paklover where R imran nazir,shoaib malik,arafat,tanvir?

  • landl47 on October 9, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    I suppose in part it does come down to performance versus expectations. Even as an England fan, I'd have to say I'm surprised Kieswetter isn't on the list. After being man of the match in the last T20WC final, this time he looked terrible. And how about David Hussey? Played one game, bowled 2 overs for 22, let a ball go straight through him for four and made a 2-ball duck when he was unable to handle the searing pace of Ravi Rampaul. It's hard to imagine a worse world cup than that.

  • on October 9, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    Kieron Pollard's performance isn't a surprise at all. This is what happens all the time. He hardly ever performs well consistently. One good knock in 10-15 matches is what we see from him.

  • CrissCross786 on October 9, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    Why didya leave out Rohit Sharma, the eternal flopper? Seems like he isnt even good enough for Flops XI..

  • on October 9, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Ramdin need to be on this team, but then again, no one expected much from him with the bat. Also, i can see how over rated Russell is playing ahead of smith and Simmons when he can't bowl even when Aus were 63 for 6 chasing 205 for victory off 10 overs

  • jonesy2 on October 9, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    as for others, russell is the same as bairstow, just not a very good player at all and for some reason is rated, morkel didnt get selected, you could have dan christian in if you have morkel and hashim amla is just not a t20 player pure and simple. ab de villiers could be here too aswell as morne morkel

  • jonesy2 on October 9, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    hogg was decent but very dissappointing because he was going to be a trump card and match winner especially in aussie conditions oh well hopefully he is saving all that for playing for the scorchers. bairstow? he is hardly a good player to begin with i would say he performed much like expected. also, dhoni instead of akmal. malinga could be on here too, he single handely lost it for sri lanka, i know its harsh but you could make the case he did.

  • on October 9, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    Dhoni, Dhoni, Dhoni... The most overhyped, overpaid, but an average batsman and below average wicket keeper.

  • JG2704 on October 9, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    @FM97 on (October 09 2012, 10:20 AM GMT) AM's over vs Pakistan was quite probably thee pivotal over in the match and maybe in SA's tournament. Personally I'd have him in there above Levi who I wasn't expecting much from anyway. Khan seems a good shout though.

  • JG2704 on October 9, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    As an England fan (although this pains me as a Somerset fan to say) I'd like to add Keiswetter to the side. After he was our man of the match in the last T20 final and had a good summer for Somerset , he neither got England off to a flyer or held the inns together. I'd like to also add Jade but I think so little was expected of him that he can't really qualify. Agree with most of the choices although Gul's heroics with the bat enabled Pak to beat SA in the vital 1st group match and he came on vs Aus in the vital group match vs Australia and his tidy overs must have helped Pak qualify. Maybe Pollard's blitz vs Australia should also keep him out of the side. My captain would have to be AB who may also be considered for this team , but particularly the way he captained SA to defeat vs Pakistan.

  • JG2704 on October 9, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    I think it's difficult to look at flops of the tournament when you are supporting a particular team because we'd always notice our own failures above other teams failures. Probably from a worldwide point of view Amla has to be thee biggest flop considering how he was playing for the months leading up to the WC. I have 3 WKs because I thought CK was poor throughout , Wade was poor when Aus needed him as a batsman and AB was poor as a captain as much as a player. So with AB as definite captain this team may even literally have 3 players in the field with the gloves on. Keiswetter, Guptill , Amla, De Villiers (capt) ,Bairstow, A Morkel , Wade , Afridi , Khan , Southee , Dernbach - Dernbach isn't really a flop as nothing was expected of him by the fans but I still feel he deserves his spot. I'm really surprised Guptil is not in the main side. Did he do anything of note? Surely more was expected of him than of Levi?

  • king_lion on October 9, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    poor dilshan missed out even Flops XI!! so sorry!

  • ayush75 on October 9, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    Southee should'nt have been there. He brought NZ back into the game against Sri lanka with searing yorkers in the final overs. Plus he didnt concede a single boundry in the super over. An no ball six in the super over in the game against windies was just an off ball. To me having an superover in a non-knockout match is just ridiculous! Hogg/Morkel too shouldnt have been there! There should be sehwag/kallis/Zaheer featuring for sure!

  • FM97 on October 9, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    Aneesh Laxmiprasad Lavalekar : Oh man I forgot him as well, the reason why India were worried when they batted, seeing him play made me curse the selectors blindness towards Rahane.

  • Pacelikefire_Samrat on October 9, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    I am surprised as to how Rohit Sharma didnt make the list.Cheer up Rohit,we will protest this strongly in all available forums and make sure you head this list..lol.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on October 9, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Where R zaheer,dhoni,jeevan mendis,rohit,sehwag?

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on October 9, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    In the shorter formats, numbers in the wickets column for bowlers are perhaps somewhat meaningless. Hogg's inclusion here is therefore perhaps contraversial. All through much of the tournament his economy was reasonable... yes his wickets tally was certainly not... I would rate a spinner that takes no wickets but has a good economy much higher than a lot of those pace-obsessed bowlers that, O.K. may pick up a few random wickets, but consistently keep an economy around 10 in T20 cricket.

  • on October 9, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    @hammad nasir ... yes they all are good players and can challenge any team but these all players were supposed to perform good at this world t20 but they didn't ... hence FLOP XI

  • on October 9, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Russell was unlucky in the final that was a poor decsion

  • on October 9, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    William Porterfield - two golden ducks takes some beating, but for pure ugly, out-of-form nothingness, how about Ravi Bopara.

  • i_witnessed_2011 on October 9, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    I would add MS Dhoni as Captain to this list and Sangakkara also deserve a mention in this list.

  • DINESHCC on October 9, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    Among the above 12, Bairstow and Pollard played at least one telling performances. For these two places, MSD and Zaheer Khan should be included. Top of the list should be Shahid Afridi and not Richard Levi.

  • onebump on October 9, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    Sangakkara should be in this list. His keeping was not up to the mark. Dont remember a T20 match where he made a significant contribution. This tournament or any other to be honest. Hope the selectors will 'rest' him for the upcoming T20s. Will help new players develop. Also rest Malinga for a while. Too unreliable.

  • on October 9, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    What about Jos Buttler (nowhere near ready for international cricket), Craig KIeswetter (one of the worst T20 batsmen I've ever seen) and Jade Dernbach (rivals Sajid Mahmood as one of the most all-over-the-place bowlers I've ever seen)? In fact, just select most of the England team!

  • on October 9, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    Major Flops....ZAHEER KHAN & MSD.....!!!!

  • D.V.C. on October 9, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    Hogg took 2 wickets, and bowled without luck. In the last 2 games alone he had 7 runs conceded as misfields which every player in the tournament could have been expected to stop.

  • India_boy on October 9, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    the most important reason SL lost the WC (apart from preparing this kind of pitch) is not in the list??? Lasith Malinga single-handedly took WI to safety after they were 10-32/2, I mean come on, he could have even been the MOTM

  • on October 9, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    actually these are players who were expected to do well but failed....zaheer , rohit sharma etc...nothing was expected from them i guess

  • Front-Foot_lunge on October 9, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    As an England fan, i think this list is pretty generous to only have Bairstowe in it! I would have included Jade Dernbach, the south african whose 'effort ball' got to 75mph, Keiswetter, the other south african who was so poor he was dropped mid-tournament and Jos Butler..who the media here was talking up to death as a match winner after 2 overs against an experimental South African side.

  • sonu77 on October 9, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    Kamran & MSD fighting for the wicket keeper slot in my xi:) I prefer MSD over akmal.

  • guyfrmktm on October 9, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    Likes of Cameron White, Keiswetter, Broad, David Warner, Eoin Morgan, Swann, Cummins, D Hussey, M Wade, Dhoni, Zaheer etc are sorely missed in this squad!

  • on October 9, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    Gul I guess is at the receiving end. He bowled good overs in between with accuracy and didnt give runs in crucial moments.

    Afridi is not a failure. No one was expecting him to win this anyways.

  • on October 9, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    Options : Yes the most flop player was Zaheer Khan

  • on October 9, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    man.. where is the synonym of failure??? where the hell is Rohit Sharma??

  • on October 9, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    No Sri Lankan in this list. :)

  • nav84 on October 9, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    6 out of the 11 are from the teams that reached the semifinals.

  • Navin2015 on October 9, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    where is MS and zaheer...!!

  • Navin2015 on October 9, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    Ipl is differnt from ICC WT20...

  • Options on October 9, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    Top Number 1 Failure is ZAHEER KHAN according to me

  • FM97 on October 9, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    Brad Hogg didn't bowl that badly and Albie Morkel didn't play in the important games either, Zaheer Khan's name not in this list is a bit surprising

  • on October 9, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    on paper this is quite a formidable xi just except levi. leave out levi and with amla/gambhir as a captain, this team will challenge any other team!!

  • CricketMaan on October 9, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    The first on my list is Dhoni, given that he is an astute captain who has won the first world cup, 2 IPLs, 1 CL etc. failed in his leadership at key moments and also with bat!!

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  • CricketMaan on October 9, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    The first on my list is Dhoni, given that he is an astute captain who has won the first world cup, 2 IPLs, 1 CL etc. failed in his leadership at key moments and also with bat!!

  • on October 9, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    on paper this is quite a formidable xi just except levi. leave out levi and with amla/gambhir as a captain, this team will challenge any other team!!

  • FM97 on October 9, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    Brad Hogg didn't bowl that badly and Albie Morkel didn't play in the important games either, Zaheer Khan's name not in this list is a bit surprising

  • Options on October 9, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    Top Number 1 Failure is ZAHEER KHAN according to me

  • Navin2015 on October 9, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    Ipl is differnt from ICC WT20...

  • Navin2015 on October 9, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    where is MS and zaheer...!!

  • nav84 on October 9, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    6 out of the 11 are from the teams that reached the semifinals.

  • on October 9, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    No Sri Lankan in this list. :)

  • on October 9, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    man.. where is the synonym of failure??? where the hell is Rohit Sharma??

  • on October 9, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    Options : Yes the most flop player was Zaheer Khan