IPL 2016 May 30, 2016

A stagnant Supergiant, an un-rising Sunriser

They are fan favourites the world over. Some of them have previously played key roles in the IPL. But 2016 wasn't their year

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Dale Steyn

Dale Steyn's only wicket in this IPL season, as his Instagram feed proudly proclaimed, came in a street cricket game in Mumbai. From exploring India's concrete jungles to hitching autorickshaw rides and from playing golf to taking selfies by the Ganges, Steyn had a blast off the field. On it, Gujarat Lions found it difficult to accommodate him, especially with Dwayne Smith and Aaron Finch performing the way they were. Steyn bowled all of two overs in his only game.

Albie Morkel

Albie Morkel took a wicket with his first ball for Rising Pune Supergiants, but only played two matches © BCCI

A go-to man for MS Dhoni during his Chennai Super Kings days, Albie Morkel, acquired in the transfer window from Delhi Daredevils, was expected to play a similar role at Rising Pune Supergiants. But not even injuries to their first-choice foreign players Kevin Pietersen, Steven Smith, Mitchell Marsh and Faf du Plessis could translate into opportunities. Thisara Perera assumed the role of finisher and medium-pace option, limiting Morkel's opportunities considerably.

Corey Anderson

Yes, kids. Corey Anderson actually played for Mumbai Indians, back in the day © BCCI

Corey Anderson's continued absence from the Mumbai Indians XI wasn't entirely surprising, given the number of overseas options available to them and the rousing form of Krunal Pandya, another left-handed allrounder, albeit a spinner. Anderson's bench-warming led to debates over the possibility of a mid-season loan system. Surely Kings XI Punjab would have benefitted? Having arrived with the hope of being a game-changer, Anderson spent two frustrating months stuck on the bench.

Trent Boult

Trent Boult only played one match for Sunrisers Hyderabad this season © AFP

Trent Boult is shown uprooting middle stump in Sunrisers Hyderabad's theme song. With more match time - he played just one game - he could have replicated it on the field too. Instead, with Mustafizur Rahman taking his place and making it his own, Boult was usually carrying drinks, ensuring his team-mates stayed well hydrated in a harsh summer that saw temperatures reach 45 degrees in Hyderabad.

Martin Guptill

Martin Guptill's brief IPL 2016 highlights reel included this blow to the helmet courtesy a Zaheer Khan bouncer © BCCI

There was disbelief within cricket circles when Martin Guptill went unsold at the IPL auction despite looking like a steal with a base price of INR 50 lakhs. There emerged a ray of hope when a slew of Supergiants players were forced out with injuries, but it was Mumbai who finally called him up, when they lost Lendl Simmons to a lower back problem. Guptill only played three games, two of which came at the end of the league phase with Mumbai fighting to stay alive.

Shashank Kishore is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Jose on May 31, 2016, 16:21 GMT

    Many of the purchases were just dog-in-the-manger type. Wouldn't use. Wouldn't let others use, either. Preemptive, at best. Or, display of money power?

  • Ali on May 31, 2016, 7:47 GMT

    Pawan Negi one of the most expensive buys hardly played any role for DD. MI playing Pollard only for his big hitting, they had enough firepower in the bowling attack. I think that's the only reason Corey missed out despite being a better all rounder.

  • Amarjit on May 30, 2016, 21:14 GMT

    Omission of NZ players is quite a shocker with Corey not getting even one game(considering that he can be a game changer). When Parthi Patel was playing and Butler not performing it looked a very poor decision from the Team Management. Boult and Williamson also got raw deals which one fails to understand.

  • sachin on May 30, 2016, 18:52 GMT

    Nathu Singh, Shardul Thakur and Arman Jaffer also were notable omissions. Barring a few matches Kuldeep was wasted by KKR.

  • kalvin on May 30, 2016, 16:51 GMT

    New Zealanders need to be played more often. Guptill only 3 games ( Made 48 in one game carrying mumbai to a win), Williamson only 3 (made a half century in a game which they won) and Boult only 1 ( the semi match he was involved in the 3 dismissals of the top order).

  • Sean on May 30, 2016, 15:15 GMT

    Some of there players may get a chance in other teams. A fit player not part of more than 2 games should be given a choice to get back to the auction, with the original team not bidding for them. That way, both the players and other teams get a fair chance.

  • Steve on May 30, 2016, 13:16 GMT

    The worst part is, most of these non-performing players were bought for astronomical prices based on 'past' reputation or unproven 'potential'. I am expecting many have-beens to be discarded from IPL for good staring next year. Steyn and Albie Morkal, Maxwell, Miller come to mind straightaway.

  • Paulo on May 30, 2016, 12:47 GMT

    Steyn- has clearly been struggling with his form in limited overs cricket recently, so he was unlikely to play. Morkel- overrated imo, I don't think he's become the cricketer he should have been, and you can see why he has fallen behind the likes of Wiese and McLaren. Boult- was never going to play ahead of Mustafizur Rahman, who proved himself at the World T20 to be one of the best in the world in T20 cricket. Guptill- a fantastic player who seems to me to always be underrated. However sides are more likely to pick the likes of Smith and Simmons who consistently do well at IPLs despite being vastly inferior in international cricket to the likes of Guptill, who I think is partly underrated because he's from New Zealand. Anderson- was always going to find it hard to displace Pollard, a failure at international level but lion in the IPL, and Buttler, one of the best finishers in World Cricket. Anderson would actually be my pick above these two however.

  • Vaidyanathan on May 30, 2016, 12:47 GMT

    This is what happens when you let teams pick superstars only so that others don't.

  • SREEJITH on May 30, 2016, 11:59 GMT

    next year just allow teams to retain their icon player only.bcz so many good players are sitting out in teams like RCB & MI.some teams are struggling to find their right combination without good players.now days bowlers are not getting any kind of support example world best fast bowler steyn is sitting out and watching the game.no one is interested to include bowlers in the team.every teams are playing with their maximum batting strength.missing the battle between bat and bowl.only bat is there in the middle.sad to see..poor bowlers.in future expecting to see 11 specialist batsman's are playing in same team.

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