IPL 2013 review May 27, 2013

Big names, small feats

Rohan Sharma
Five players who failed to live up to their billing in IPL 2013

Kumar Sangakkara

Sunrisers Hyderabad
9 matches, 120 runs with strike rate of 88.23

Sangakkara started off as the captain of the newly formed Sunrisers Hyderabad, yet before the midway mark of the tournament, he was left behind when his returns proved to be rather poor. In his first three IPL seasons, he scored more than 300 runs every season, before shifting allegiances to Deccan Chargers, where he scored 558 runs in two seasons. He was ultimately done away as captain by the team management in favour of Cameron White, former Australia T20 captain. Darren Sammy took his place as the fourth foreign player in the side and both players proved to have the Midas touch towards the tail-end of the tournament, when Sunrisers beat Kolkata Knight Riders to jump into the final four.

Mahela Jayawardene

Delhi Daredevils
15 matches, 331 runs at strike rate of 105.75

In the opening match of the tournament, with Delhi Daredevils losing wickets like it was going out of style, Jayawardene scripted a characteristic rescue, scoring 66 off 52 balls, an innings filled with gentle flicks and dabs, and which helped keep Daredevils in the hunt as they posted 128 against Knight Riders. This however, would prove to be one of the few notable performances of the season for Jayawardene, as Daredevils slipped further and further down the rankings, while their big guns didn't fire. His status as a foreign player also hurt team balance when the runs began to subside. If it wasn't for the captaincy, he would almost certainly have been dropped from the squad entirely.

David Hussey

Kings XI Punjab
12 matches, 235 runs at strike rate of 112.44

David Hussey would have almost certainly wished some of his brother's luck could have rubbed off on him this year. David has been a key performer for Kings XI over the past few seasons, scoring over 300 runs in 2008 and 2012 and, once again, much was expected from the T20 stalwart, especially when Adam Gilchrist proved to be a fading force earlier on in the tournament. But when the going got tough, David was unable to capitalise on starts - his highest score being 41 against Rajasthan Royals. His faltering performances hurt the team, especially during a time when they were still tinkering with the order, and were missing the services of Shaun Marsh due to injury.

Yuvraj Singh

Pune Warriors
13 matches, 238 runs at strike rate of 125.26

It can be said that Yuvraj Singh's heroics during the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup in 2007, fast-tracked the demand for the IPL. Therefore, it's only fair that his performances are viewed with keen interest. However, this IPL season has been another forgettable year for the batsman. Yuvraj has yet to play a definitive IPL innings, and throughout this edition wasted good starts with poor shots. Pune Warriors never really settled on a position for him, and he was seen more as a floater, who would come in when quick runs were required. One thing to note is that he wasn't selected as captain, despite the lottery which saw Aaron Finch, Ross Taylor and Angelo Mathews getting a chance to lead. He was unable to provide much with the ball either, an attribute that went a long way in helping India secure their first World Cup title in 28 years.

Morne Morkel

Delhi Daredevils
10 matches, 7 wickets at economy rate of 8.37

When Daredevils lost their first few games this season, captain Mahela Jayawardene cited the lack of available personnel as a major factor. The personnel he mentioned included the likes of Kevin Pietersen, Jesse Ryder and Morne Morkel, who all enjoyed considerable success in the previous edition. Morkel himself ended up as leading wicket-taker last season, with 25 scalps at an average of 18.12 and an economy of 7.19. This year however, he was a shadow of himself, as he proved hardly penetrative with the new ball, and couldn't fire in his 'Garner-esque' yorkers at the death.

Honourable mentions

Angelo Mathews (PWI) - 11 matches, 172 runs at a strike rate of 123.74
Virender Sehwag (DD) - 13 matches, 295 runs at a strike rate of 126.60
Irfan Pathan (DD) - 15 matches, 142 runs at a strike rate of 93.42, 10 wickets at an economy rate of 7.44
Manoj Tiwary (KKR) - 10 matches, 146 runs at a strike rate of 104.28
Adam Gilchrist (KXIP) - 13 matches, 294 runs at a strike rate of 128.38
M Vijay (CSK) - 15 matches, 312 runs at a strike rate of 109.09

Rohan Sharma is a sub-editor with ESPN cricinfo

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  • Karthik on May 29, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    Honourable mentions.? A big joke.. Ha Ha..

  • Mansoor on May 29, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    You forgot to mention Ricky Ponting!!! a big miss

  • Dummy4 on May 29, 2013, 0:18 GMT

    Some were in the wrong team, and that's all. If Tendulkar had played for Delhi and managed what he did, he'd have looked much more awkward. His fans would say he'd have played differently. Very difficult to talk to them. Swap Dwayne Smith's stats for Finch's and the former would have looked a flop and the latter a champion.

  • Ali on May 28, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    Ashok Dinda in the death overs... an honourable mention I say.

  • Afsar on May 28, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    @Meshya, In T20's what tendulkar did was what expected from him, steady opening partnership, but he also failed in some occassions but gave good starts in 50% matches he played. Apart from last 2 innings from Gilly, he was flop and he only opted to sit out because of bad form. Sehwag played like tendulkar which is not acceptable in T20's thats why he is flop. Apart from Thissara Perera & Malinga whole SL team is flop.

  • Phani on May 28, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    How could you write Micheal Hussey being lucky...a veteran, who player out of his skin & brought many accolades to the team & you write him being Lucky? Not acceptable....though the Honorable Mentions is hilarious

  • Sharad on May 28, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    @king78787 I wouldn't fret about Tamim or Prasanth but you're right. The biggest names are Faf, Vettori, Laughlin and the McCullums (I notice you missed Nathan). Kulasekara missed out to politics. For SRH supporters, it must be heartening to see Sanga right at the top after he nearly destroyed them. Hope the management gets the message and replace him with more firepower. Any of S Marsh, Miller, ABcDe (sic), Morgan, Faf, Finch for Sanga. How they'd love to have had the services of Duminy (instead of contending with tweets about his dog)! If anyone can bounce back off that list, it's Morne Morkel.

  • mohammad on May 28, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    I cannot stop laughing to see HONORABLE MENTIONS here.However, Jack Kallis should be included.

  • Fraser on May 28, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    never mind flops, Dan Vettori, the best left arm spinner in world cricket, didn't even get a game!So a list of those who never made the cut(0-3 games):Tamim Iqbal,Shakib al Hasan, Faf du Plessis, Gulam Bodi, Brendon McCullum(wkt),Brad Haddin, Dan Vettori(capt), Nuwan Kulkasekara,Ben Laughlin, Prasanth Parameswaran.

  • Dummy4 on May 28, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    @wake_up_india..This is jealousy at its best..

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