October 8, 2012

Top billing, bottom drawer

Tim Wigmore
XI players who failed to live up to the hype at the World Twenty20

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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  • John 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

  • John 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

  • John 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

  • sunny 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dru 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.

  • Manesh 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

  • Manesh 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.

  • John 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

  • John 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

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