IPL 2014 review June 3, 2014

The flops of the tournament

ESPNcricinfo staff
ESPNcricinfo picks its flops of the IPL 2014 season, with a limit of only four foreign players in the XI

Batsmen undergoing a baffling loss in form, captains who forgot their better sense, bowlers who looked a shadow of themselves and a wicketkeeper who triggers frustration just as easily as he invokes confidence. What's the Indian Premier League without a few people tripping up?

Though their numbers were a useful guide, some other factors used to populate the list were the player's importance to the team, the extent to which he could not meet those demands and the subsequent detrimental impact. The investment they represented and eventual yield was also taken into consideration.

Virat Kohli's skills at leading a team were under the scanner and similar focus was also placed Mohammed Shami and his capacity as a spearhead. Neither was able to deliver near their potential.

Shane Watson provided a healthy share of head-scratching moments. For a majority of the tournament, Rajasthan Royals looked downright assured of a playoff spot. Perhaps they thought the same, too , and decided to play pin the tail on the most outlandish tactical decision.

Mumbai Indians would have felt assured that their top order was sorted having signed Michael Hussey, but his startling loss of form coincided with the team's worst start to an IPL. Chris Gayle was Hussey's closest competition. His dot balls piled up, the big hits waned and he looked in pain while running between the wickets. Pragyan Ojha's tally of four wickets, while conceding over eight an over, was comfortably outdone by uncapped spinners.

The same criteria discounted players like Jaydev Unadkat, Rahul Sharma, Parvinder Awana, CM Gautam. They are yet to present a bankable image to fall short of.

The team below conforms to the conditions of seven local and four overseas players. Wonder how they will fare against the team of the tournament?

1 Michael Hussey (9 matches, 209 runs, strike rate 114, average 23.22)

2 Chris Gayle (9 matches, 196 runs, strike rate 106.52, average 21.77)

3 Virat Kohli (capt) (14 matches, 359 runs, strike rate 122.10, average 27.61)

4 Kevin Pietersen (11 matches, 294 runs, strike rate 126.18, average 29.40)

5 Shane Watson (13 matches, 240 runs, strike rate 122.44, average 20, 7 wickets)

6 Dinesh Karthik (wk) (14 matches, 325 runs, strike rate 125.96, average 23.21, eight dismissals)

7 M Vijay (11 matches, 207 runs, strike rate 107.81, average 18.81)

8 Amit Mishra (10 matches, 7 wickets, economy rate 9.06)

9 Ishant Sharma (3 matches, 3 wickets, economy rate 9.18)

10 Mohammed Shami (12 matches, 7 wickets, economy rate 8.38)

11 Pragyan Ojha (12 matches, 4 wickets, economy rate 8.26)

12th man - Stuart Binny (13 matches, 123 runs, strike rate 101.65, average 12.30, 3 wickets)

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  • android_user on June 5, 2014, 5:23 GMT

    Most of these players have performed extremely well for their respective countries and a couple of guys played only 3 matches . Come international cricket Kohli Shami will be the best in the Indian team .Just hoping that Shami doesnt go the Ishant way .The first IPL season was a disaster fir ishant and he has not been able to cone back after that

  • android_user on June 4, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    4 players from last years team of the tournament are part of this years flops of the tournament. (huss, Gayle, mishra, kohli)

  • David_Boon on June 4, 2014, 13:06 GMT

    The biggest flop of the tournament had to be the batting line-ups. Time and again star players were left way down the order to make way for inferior batsmen. Steve Smith and Faulkner for instance, Brad Hodge played a game and came in at 8! Mike Hussey at the start batted down the order, Watson batted himself down instead of opening, JP Duminy was stuck down the order, it just goes on. There's only 120 balls to be faced in a T20 and you cant be having the Dinesh Karthiks of the world coming in up the order while JP waits down the order. Steve Smith had to be the biggest one, never came in higher than 6. Got paid like a million dollars and barely faced 2 overs a match, ridiculous!!

  • SavvyCanadian on June 4, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    I don't know why STUART BINNY is shown as 12th man, when he actually is a SUPER-FLOP player of IPL 2014 - (13 matches, 123 runs, strike rate 101.65, average 12.30, 3 wickets)...shameful strike-rate of 101%, ridiculous average of 12.30 and on top of that just 3 wickets in 13 matches....WOW.....and this guy seems to be a favourite of selectors....always in the team....even in a test-team for England....WOW

  • black_bird on June 4, 2014, 4:43 GMT

    Virat was never a great player in ipl. But he is the best at international level. Don't turn him down for a picnic tournament. He will be the greatest batsman ever.

  • anurag4u10 on June 4, 2014, 4:16 GMT

    M Hussey cant be termed as a flop..... given the fact he won 2 MoMs in the tournament........

  • Aspraso on June 4, 2014, 0:55 GMT

    The true flops of the tournament are (1) Faulkner who gifted a full toss to be hit for a 6 AND pushed his team out of the tournament (2) Mitchell Johnson who gifted a hit-me bouncer to Chawla who duly dispatched the ball to a 6 AND effectively lost the match for his team (3) Watson who fiddled so excessively with his team composition (how could he not find place for Steve Smith in his team?) that the team had to scramble for a place in the top 4 (4) Maxwell who failed when it mattered most

  • dummy4fb on June 3, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    KP was rather predictably awful with the bat and a leader of men.

  • nlambda on June 3, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    Does Ishant Sharma's performance really show that he is out of form? Seems normal to me.

  • ladycricfan on June 3, 2014, 11:45 GMT

    MHussey had a bad start. But did very well in his second coming.

    Kohli's Performance was patchy at the start, but did well in the later part.

    Dinesh Karthik Captained the two matches DD won in the tournament. All looked well at that time for DD. He also had some good knocks.

    MVijay was in and out and in and out in the name of promoting KP as an opener. He won a MOM in one match.

    So it is not fair to put these four as total flops. All the others did not perform to their potential.

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