April 1, 2010

The Flop-Show XI

Halfway into the IPL, Cricinfo looks at the biggest failures so far - those who've belied the hype or not delivered on their salaries
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Yuvraj Singh, Kings XI Punjab
Matches played: 7
Runs: 101 @14.42
Wickets: 3 @ 26.66
Price: $1,063,750

By far the biggest failure of IPL 2010, and correspondingly the most hyped flop so far. The stats above tell only part of the story; rumours abound as to the reason behind his drastic loss of form but from the outside Yuvraj - stripped of the captaincy after last season - does not look either fit or interested, or even a potential matchwinner for India at the ICC World Twenty20. His dismissals, notably against Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai, were shots of a man torn between attack and defence, and struggling for timing.

Kumar Sangakkara, Kings XI Punjab
Matches played: 6
Runs: 91 @ 18.20
Price: US$700,000

The idea behind giving Sangakkara the Punjab captaincy can be understood, especially after the coach Tom Moody's outburst against Yuvraj last year. Sangakkara led Sri Lanka to the ICC World Twenty20 final last year and is respected on the international circuit. But he's been a massive let-down this season, tactically and statistically, and being fined and subsequently banned for a poor over-rate hasn't helped. His most disappointing innings came in the dismal loss to Kolkata where, along with Mahela Jayawardene, he failed to go for the shots and left his team-mates with too much to do. A reported rift with Yuvraj could have had a bearing on someone who prides himself on being a team man.

Mahela Jayawardene, Kings XI Punjab
Matches played: 7
Runs: 102 @ 17.00
Price: US$475,000

Like his Sri Lankan team-mate, Jayawardene has been cut a forlorn figure at the crease. He's just not been able to get going and on the occasions he's managed a start, Jayawardene has been bogged down by a sluggish strike-rate and cut off before he can hit hard. His innings alongside Sangakkara against Kolkata was baffling and allowed the pressure to mount rapidly on Punjab. With the run-rate shooting up, Jayawardene fell while going for a high-risk shot: he moved outside off stump and couldn't connect with the paddle shot.

Sreesanth, Kings XI Punjab
Matches played: 4
Wickets: 3 @ 45.66
Price: US$625,000

The "fastest mouth in the south" has, perhaps not surprisingly some would argue, been erratic this season. Much was expected of Sreesanth in Brett Lee's absence due to injury and Irfan Pathan's return from injury, but after a good first game he was carted for 42 in three overs by Bangalore Royal Challengers and dropped. The story read much the same: too many deliveries down the pads, slower balls ended up full tosses, and the chatter just didn't outdo the success. An economy rate of 9.78 ranks as one of the worst in the league. At least he hasn't slapped anyone yet.

RP Singh, Deccan Chargers
Matches played: 6
Wickets: 6 @ 32.00
Price: US$875,000

He snared 15 wickets in the inaugural season to be one of the bright spot in Deccan's dispiriting inaugural season. He topped that by winning the purple cap in 2009 to spearhead Deccan's unexpected run to the title. This season, though, hasn't followed the trend set in the first two: he's been plastered for 9.60 runs an over, and he has bowled a full quota of overs in only half his matches. The only game he's had an impact in is the one against Mumbai Indians, when an early double-strike left the table-toppers in trouble.

Tillakaratne Dilshan, Delhi Daredevils
Matches: 4
Runs: 32 @ 8.00
Price: US$250,000

The man who blazed his way through every form of the game last season, and whose signature scoop shot became the rage, has been a pale imitation of his flamboyant self. He batted all of three deliveries for two ducks in Delhi's first two games and was cut off before he could get a start in the next two. By the time the team played their fifth game, Dilshan was benched and that's where he's been since.

AB de Villiers, Delhi Daredevils
Matches: 6
Runs: 107 @ 17.83
Price: US$300,000

Like Dilshan, it would seem a little unfair to criticise de Villiers, who was also a key performer for Delhi in 2009. But de Villiers has performed in only one match, against Bangalore, where his 45 helped set a competitive target and his stunning catch on the boundary gave the fielding effort some lift. His problem has been the same as Dilshan's - getting a start. His preferred cut and square drives have not come off and led to his dismissal against Mumbai Indians, while against Chennai Super Kings he was part of a key collapse. Against Deccan Chargers de Villiers missed a full toss from Rohit Sharma that sparked another collapse.

Ishant Sharma, Kolkata Knight Riders
Matches: 6
Wickets: 7 @ 27.14
Price: US$950,000

An Indian national fast bowler valued at $950,000 who can't keep his place in an IPL side. Ishant continues to disappoint in this tournament and this season he has just seven wickets - that works out to $135,714.28 per wicket. He has struggled to deliver with the new ball, taking just two wickets at 49.00 inside the Powerplays, and when he's been called on to bowl during the death - after the 15th over an innings - he's taken just three wickets and cost 10.57 runs an over.

Shane Bond, Kolkata Knight Riders
Matches: 5
Wickets: 5 @ 29.60
Price: US$750,000

Shane Bond's first foray into the IPL has been pretty average so far; in five matches he has five wickets. Not what the owners had in mind when they signed on the New Zealand fast bowler. His first outing was wicketless and cost 33 from four overs; his second yielded 2 for 32; his third 0 from 31 from three overs; and in his fourth Bond took 2 for 24. These are adequate returns, but more is expected from the tearaway who has been given the responsibility of spearheading Kolkata's attack.

Kieron Pollard, Mumbai Indians
Matches: 6
Runs: 79 @ 13.16
Wickets: 2 @ 44.00
Price: US$750,000

This year's hottest and most expensive buy hasn't translated his earnings into success with bat or ball. Pollard has become one of West Indies' main money men without proving his value in the international arena, but his achievements in the IPL leave much to be desired. He missed the first match and some will argue that he's been under-used, especially when batting at No's 6, 7 and 8. In his first major opportunity with the bat he came out at No. 8 and hit 21 from 19 balls. In the next match he had a good chance to get some batting practice but fell to a daft shot for 7. Against Deccan his manic swipe ended up a top edge to third man. In the last match Pollard was sent in at No. 3 and again fell trying a big shot. His slow medium-pace has proved largely ineffective, especially during the Powerplays.

Eoin Morgan, Royal Challengers Bangalore
Matches: 6
Runs: 35 @ 11.66
Price: US$220,000

Morgan appeared the biggest steal of the 2010 auction. In a team with correct batsmen such as Jacques Kallis and Rahul Dravid, Morgan's innovativeness - hard reverse-sweeps through packed off-side fields, for instance - seemed the right touch for Bangalore. But in six games, Morgan got four innings and returned 35 runs at 11.66. A lot of this had to do with the success of Bangalore's openers, who lead the league in terms of partnership success, and the little time Morgan consequently had to bat. You can't really call him a total failure, but seeing Morgan put on the bench upon Kevin Pietersen and Cameron White's return to the squad indicates how he's been valued so far.

Jamie Alter is a senior sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • aditya.chv on April 3, 2010, 9:07 GMT

    ABd was bowled of a full toss by Rahul Sharma (the specialist leg spinner) and not Rohit Sharma!

  • on April 3, 2010, 1:32 GMT

    I also think, it is too early to say Shane Bond is a failure.These are the over rated playes I think. Kevin Peterson,Pollard,jayasurya Ishanth and Sresanth

  • Ulio on April 2, 2010, 19:46 GMT

    We will have to wait and see the next auction. A lot of so called ICONS will go for pennies, likes of Ishant who I seriously think should stop playing cricket for a while and work on his bowling he has been a failure after Tour of Australia not a single good performance there are a lot of other great bowlers that we should give a chance.

  • knowledge_eater on April 2, 2010, 18:39 GMT

    haha lol so who are we going to criticize now ? Sanga and Yuvi who helped putting decent score against THE RCB beside Bopara or Should we criticize Bopara and Shrisanth who dropped sitter or Brett Lee whose one over finished any hope for KING XI or Billy who turned down LBWs .. so as I said .. its very complicated .. King Xi and DD can still drown many good teams with them .. very cruel tournament in terms of cut throat competition.

  • knowledge_eater on April 2, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    I hope you keep comment section open at least till Banglore and Panjab game is over ... haha see I am telling you guys .. don't consider King XI out ... they probably won't make it to semi-final .. but they can drown many good fan following team from going to semi-final .. then what are you going to do !! you will criticize your beloved team !! haha its very very cruel tournament thats the beauty of it .. anything can happen .. This season i want DD and MI to come in to semi .. others I can't be sure ..

  • ck_anilkumar on April 2, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    And as i mentioned below,the news is that presently Yuvraj is turning it on for Punjab,hopefully Cricinfo sub editor Jamie Alter would alter the article tommorow I will again repeat its too early to make a list of losers.

  • mautan on April 2, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    to put things simply.. the players who will wait for the next auction impatiently- the successes considering their current price too, Shaun Marsh Ravindra Jadeja Manish Pandey Saurab Tiwary Shadab Jkati Asnodkar Suulabh Srivastav Bisla Naman Ojha Rayudu Aditya Tare Vinay Kumar Shikhar Dhawan Paras Dogra Kedar Jadhav Amit Mishra Umesh Yadav Jhunjhunwala Murli Kartik Monish Mishra and some more... The players who will not wait for auction...will be very nervous as they aremost failures or have been overpriced..... Jayasuriya Ishant Sharma Shreeshant Kaif Jayawardene Yusuf Abdulla Brad Hodge Gayle Peitersen Filntoff Hayden Irfan Pathan Laxman Dravid Gibbs Symonds Agarkar etc etc

    I guess the biggest price reduction will be for Ishant, Sreeshant, Kaif, Jayawardene, Laxman, Symonds...

    lets see.

  • Philly.rocks on April 2, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    Shane Bond should not be in this flop show. He did not perform as far the expectations but not bad as well. four dot balls in the penultimate over against dangerous Symonds. On the other hand, some of u guys argued about Morgan which I believe rightly justified to be in this group by his total 35 from 6 outings at the average 11.66. To me the biggest failurer are Morgan, Yuvi, Mahela.

  • youfoundme on April 2, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    Wouldn't you usually do a flop list once the tournament is actually over? I can't say I agree with any of it as there are many matches still to come...

  • VipulPatki on April 2, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    @katochnr: I agree with you completely. All the players who made to this ignominous list and those who were nominated by the readers must be under tremendous presssure to perform. Some of them, like Dilshan, struck the worst form at the most incorrect moment. The only exception who willingly chose to made a fool of himself is Yuvraj Singh. Even if he had any problems, protesting by putting your side in jeopardy is the worst way of a protest. I am sure Dhoni has an eye over the happenings and he won't be afraid to rest Yuvi for any match in World Cup T20.

  • aditya.chv on April 3, 2010, 9:07 GMT

    ABd was bowled of a full toss by Rahul Sharma (the specialist leg spinner) and not Rohit Sharma!

  • on April 3, 2010, 1:32 GMT

    I also think, it is too early to say Shane Bond is a failure.These are the over rated playes I think. Kevin Peterson,Pollard,jayasurya Ishanth and Sresanth

  • Ulio on April 2, 2010, 19:46 GMT

    We will have to wait and see the next auction. A lot of so called ICONS will go for pennies, likes of Ishant who I seriously think should stop playing cricket for a while and work on his bowling he has been a failure after Tour of Australia not a single good performance there are a lot of other great bowlers that we should give a chance.

  • knowledge_eater on April 2, 2010, 18:39 GMT

    haha lol so who are we going to criticize now ? Sanga and Yuvi who helped putting decent score against THE RCB beside Bopara or Should we criticize Bopara and Shrisanth who dropped sitter or Brett Lee whose one over finished any hope for KING XI or Billy who turned down LBWs .. so as I said .. its very complicated .. King Xi and DD can still drown many good teams with them .. very cruel tournament in terms of cut throat competition.

  • knowledge_eater on April 2, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    I hope you keep comment section open at least till Banglore and Panjab game is over ... haha see I am telling you guys .. don't consider King XI out ... they probably won't make it to semi-final .. but they can drown many good fan following team from going to semi-final .. then what are you going to do !! you will criticize your beloved team !! haha its very very cruel tournament thats the beauty of it .. anything can happen .. This season i want DD and MI to come in to semi .. others I can't be sure ..

  • ck_anilkumar on April 2, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    And as i mentioned below,the news is that presently Yuvraj is turning it on for Punjab,hopefully Cricinfo sub editor Jamie Alter would alter the article tommorow I will again repeat its too early to make a list of losers.

  • mautan on April 2, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    to put things simply.. the players who will wait for the next auction impatiently- the successes considering their current price too, Shaun Marsh Ravindra Jadeja Manish Pandey Saurab Tiwary Shadab Jkati Asnodkar Suulabh Srivastav Bisla Naman Ojha Rayudu Aditya Tare Vinay Kumar Shikhar Dhawan Paras Dogra Kedar Jadhav Amit Mishra Umesh Yadav Jhunjhunwala Murli Kartik Monish Mishra and some more... The players who will not wait for auction...will be very nervous as they aremost failures or have been overpriced..... Jayasuriya Ishant Sharma Shreeshant Kaif Jayawardene Yusuf Abdulla Brad Hodge Gayle Peitersen Filntoff Hayden Irfan Pathan Laxman Dravid Gibbs Symonds Agarkar etc etc

    I guess the biggest price reduction will be for Ishant, Sreeshant, Kaif, Jayawardene, Laxman, Symonds...

    lets see.

  • Philly.rocks on April 2, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    Shane Bond should not be in this flop show. He did not perform as far the expectations but not bad as well. four dot balls in the penultimate over against dangerous Symonds. On the other hand, some of u guys argued about Morgan which I believe rightly justified to be in this group by his total 35 from 6 outings at the average 11.66. To me the biggest failurer are Morgan, Yuvi, Mahela.

  • youfoundme on April 2, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    Wouldn't you usually do a flop list once the tournament is actually over? I can't say I agree with any of it as there are many matches still to come...

  • VipulPatki on April 2, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    @katochnr: I agree with you completely. All the players who made to this ignominous list and those who were nominated by the readers must be under tremendous presssure to perform. Some of them, like Dilshan, struck the worst form at the most incorrect moment. The only exception who willingly chose to made a fool of himself is Yuvraj Singh. Even if he had any problems, protesting by putting your side in jeopardy is the worst way of a protest. I am sure Dhoni has an eye over the happenings and he won't be afraid to rest Yuvi for any match in World Cup T20.

  • mav58 on April 2, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    Worryingly, many of your Flop-Show X1 are also part of India's World T20 team - Yuvraj, Rohit and Ishant should be replaced immediately by more deserving and hungrier younger players who have done well in the current IPL.

  • ck_anilkumar on April 2, 2010, 12:05 GMT

    Halfway through the tournament is too early to judge or pass criticism,a hundred or a five wicket haul would suddenly propel any of the above players back to the top list.Justapose Yuvraj scores a hundred in next game,he will be in the top ten batsmen or if he takes a five wicket haul,then he will be in the top ten wickettakers, So i said its too early to apply statistics to quailty players.

  • on April 2, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    Reading all the articles it appears that MOST of the BIG stars have been failures!! Team owners surely now will have learned about the star values in the the next IPL

  • Sanks555 on April 2, 2010, 11:32 GMT

    What about Kemar Roach?

    Price: 720 k

    Performance: 8 overs, 80 runs, 0 wickets.

  • katochnr on April 2, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    unless they are shameless these chaps must be wracked with self doubt and anxiety .. we should appreciate what tremendous strain they bear next time we foul mouth them in haste

  • on April 2, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    Yuvraj should sit himself out in remaining matches. He is been in pathetic form this Season.

  • piglet101 on April 2, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    I don't think Eoin Morgan and Shane Bond deserve to be on this list. Morgan got to play only 4 innings, out of which 2 were very close to the end of the innings and were not outs, so he can hardly be classified as a failure. Bond's bowling hasn't been all that good but he hasn't exactly flopped.

  • anandcr9 on April 2, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    shane bond rocks!!!!....................................................................................................

  • on April 2, 2010, 9:19 GMT

    Not the best flop XI in IPL-3. You forgot to enlist certain players who had to make this XI and some who had not to be there.

    Some names that could have featured: George Bailey, Damien Martyn, Sanath Jayasuriya, Md Kaif,Yusuf Abdulla, Brett Lee, Thissara Pereira

    Names that should have not been featured in above XI: Shane Bond

  • SzlyAr on April 2, 2010, 9:10 GMT

    Well, I don't think some of them deserve to be up there. Shane Bond have been bowling well and has shown that in the past two matches. Andl, it takes a lot to bowl on FLAT Indian pitches! While Eoin Morgan & Kieron Pollard barely had realistic opportunities to prove their mettles. However, the other players mentioned above are players who have were successful in their respective IPLs and their names in this list of Flop Show is something unfair.

  • on April 2, 2010, 9:06 GMT

    I think Rohit sharma is also one of Flop Showman. he is selected for world cup T20 on what basis. as he was not performing well in even this series. Even he dint have any top previous performance.

  • Ganes.V on April 2, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    I feel that including bowlers in this list was a little unfortunate. The wickets are all very batsman oriented because of the commercial nature of the game. particularly when bowlers of teams bowling first take most of the stick. Results show that most of the teams batting first when set a score of over 170 to chase, they have won almost everytime. It's unfortunate that wickets are not real and is favouring batsmen. Ok this is a team of eleven most unsuccessful players this season I understand.BUT Another worth noting point this IPL is that whenever Australian players did well for their respective team that team won the game. No wonder Australia are still the world champions and the team to beat. one exception was Marsh for KXIP. Its high time that teams try their bench strength instead of persisting with bowlers like Ishant Sharma or some popular batsmen. Teams are losing because of the strength they have on paper rather than current form. Worth Thinking!!

  • A_PROUD_INDIAN on April 2, 2010, 8:32 GMT

    The last three in your list are unfair! These players have hardly got any chance to play ! And what about players from Chennai! What about Mr.Mongoose,Symonds & Gilly mate?

  • SettingSun on April 2, 2010, 7:54 GMT

    So, let me get this straight. Morgan and Bond haven't actually really been flops, according to you, yet they belong in the Flops XI? Okay then. Wouldn't you have been wiser compiling this list at the END of the IPL, isn't there another 700 matches left or something?

  • tuhiny on April 2, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    Yuvraj's problem is his attitude. He thinks he is better than he is. Tendulkar is the one to learn from.

  • cridhar on April 2, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    I totally I agree with Mr/Ms athabasca, Yuvraj has always been our trumpcard in major tournaments, I feel there will be another big Flop show for INDIA in the World T20 will be YOUSUF PATHAN, this guy is only a IPL star and he can never be a star in International T20. He has been given many chances at international level but could never perform to even about 15% of his skills displayed in IPL. He should know that Cricket's Quality at International level is very high and they play intelligent cricket not just like slambang at IPL where people are more intereste in Moolah than game..........

  • Shahraz_London on April 2, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    SHAME ON ALL OF IPL.

    THE BEST T20 PLAYERS IN THE WORLD ARE NOWHERE TO BE SEEN.

    GUL AFRIDI RAZZAQ MALIK AAMER

    IPL - TOP OF THE FLOPS.

  • ashy16in_ on April 2, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    I agree with shankycric about Eoin. I dont think RCB have utilized him properly. He would have come good if he had been sent up the order ahead of Kohli and Dravid in all the matches that he played. I know that White and KP are more celebrated players but I think they should have persisted with Morgan for one more match.

  • jnanesh on April 2, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    I wonder how Yuvaraj & Rohit selected for 2010 world cup (20/20), now a days yuvaraj concentrates on unwanted things than cricket but still selected for world cup thanks to selector srikanth ( joker )

  • Anurag-Singh on April 2, 2010, 6:52 GMT

    You forgot one name.. Kemar Roach.. $720,000... He's got hammered in both matches and yet to take a wicket..

    I doubt if he'll get to play another match with Ryan Harris coming back into the DC team as the Aussie tour of NZ is over..

  • on April 2, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    Wat abt Shane warne he is the worst spinner in the ipl all the pitches r favouring spinners so his performance is the most dissapointin also yuvraj and sehwag bond is the only googly over here

  • sachinisgreat on April 2, 2010, 6:09 GMT

    I think sanath jayasuria and rohit sharma deserve to be in this list..both are fail to convert their start in big score. In bowlers shane warne is also over hyped

  • SouravGiri on April 2, 2010, 6:08 GMT

    I dont think Sreesanth deserve a place in King XI.....

  • shankythebiggestenglandfan on April 2, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    thats very harsh on Eoin he didnt get enough chances

  • athabasca on April 2, 2010, 5:48 GMT

    I have completely no problems with yuvraj.he wasnt spectacular either in first 2 ipl,but in both the icc world t20 he was the most valuable. player even in the last yr when india lost yuvraj was the best player.whereas players like suresh raina and rohit sharmarule the roost in ipl they have been a total failure in icc world t20(Raina was bounced out all matches last yr t20. dint even knew how to play the short ball).problem is the indian ppl have a very short memory.they always look in the last game and judge ppl.no way ipl should be a standard to judge experienced people.ipl should just be a platform to see the talent in young indian players.

  • on April 2, 2010, 5:31 GMT

    @ super-innocent - well most likely all the teams already have atleast 1 good international bowler.. warne, nannes, steyn, malinga, bond, lee, vaas, murali.. n d other 3 spots r filled by batsmen.. or better all rounders than mills..

  • Vinit_Sharma_Singh on April 2, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    The failures of Yuvraj and Sreesanth are completely expected. I mean has their ever been a worse cricketer, or more over-rated cricketer, in history than Yuvraj Singh? I think not. Sourav Ganguly comes a close second, but not quite as bad as Yuvraj.

  • on April 2, 2010, 5:20 GMT

    blue_rock get your facts right Tait has 10 wkts in the series so far equal second on the list in the IPL so far.

  • on April 2, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    Increase the salary of players like AB and Dilshan and then u can see the change....I think they are embarassed with the fact that guys like ..Tiwari,Ishant, SS and RP are getting 3 times more than them...

  • Jojy.John.Alphonso on April 2, 2010, 5:09 GMT

    Shane Bond should not be on this list. He is doing pretty well. Yes, he was given the treatment by Dhoni in his first match but he has come back to perform better.

    Take Bond off this list. Now!!

  • Percy_Fender on April 2, 2010, 5:06 GMT

    By and large a fine selection. I wish this could be the eleventh team for the next edition of the IPL with the complete co-operation of all the franchisees. They may just win it.

  • warnie on April 2, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    @vilas: seriously? symonds and gilchrist?? maybe have a look at the stats and scorecards. gilly might have no big scores yet, but has got DC off to some quick starts. and symonds has picked up some key wickets as well as scoring some runs. not to mention their skills in the field...

  • on April 2, 2010, 4:47 GMT

    I think Matthew Hayden belongs on this list too. More has been said and written about this Mongoose bat this IPL than about the runs he has scored with or without it. One Mongoose inspired innings of 93 has rescued an otherwise Sangakkaresque average.

  • mark111 on April 2, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    I guess AB and Dilshan flopping is no longer a surprise, since it happened in previous seasons too. Kemar Roach has been spared, that too when he is playing at the expense of Vaas.

  • sachinisgod on April 2, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    Just a doubt, aren't the players paid the sums mentioned, over a period of 3 years? In that case, shouldn't Ishant Sharma's remuneration per wicket be divided further by 3?

    In any case, it's an unfair metric, though sounds very grand. The team owners paid for most of the players looking at their form in 2008. To say that their remuneration per wicket or per run or per catch or per run saved, is very high in 2010 is fair only to stock markets not to cricket.

    Oops! Sorry, IPL ain't cricket. It is either business or entertainment.

  • chithsabesh on April 2, 2010, 4:17 GMT

    excuse me now what has mahendra singh dhoni done to chennai even he is not playing that well only one 50 not enough and the same thing could be said for hayden . many people say putting albie morkel in this list but thats a little unfair he has come and batted by that time chennai have already lost he is bowling well . now will see what pietersan does to banglore even he will be a ridicouls failure .

  • popcorn on April 2, 2010, 4:12 GMT

    The IPL is also known as The Great Indian Lottery.It is certainly not cricket.Sloggers Park is a better name for it. Consistency,Class,Endurance,Skill,technique are all alien words to Twenty20.Therefore to expect consistent results in a Lottery is impossible. That is why Test cricket and ODIs are the true Test of bat vs.ball and field, and immensely pleasurable and fascinating to watch.No dancing girls,no hype.Or throwing money at Cricketers as if they were beggars.

  • mathematicised on April 2, 2010, 4:00 GMT

    The title of this piece is in very bad taste. Surprising that the editors didn't seek to change it. Another case of good and great players being run down and lashed by attention seeking media? What say you?

  • on April 2, 2010, 3:41 GMT

    To everyone, the only reason why Albie Morkel's performing bad with the bat is because he's always sent in at no higher than no.7. If Dhoni could use his brains for once and put him at No.5, I'm sure he'd play a blinder!

  • 8Ball on April 2, 2010, 3:30 GMT

    super innocent, mILLS IS INJURED as are half of the nz team on a regular basis

  • squarepeg on April 2, 2010, 3:22 GMT

    Why are Dravid, Sourav and Laxman not in this list?? They have failed - even after Sourav's last inning, for a good player shudnt play one good knock every 4th match. Yup, Yuvi is lucky to be in Indian team for W.indies. That $950,000 paid by the Buchanan-Ganguly-SRK for Ishant in first auction seemed crazy even then. Remember, the "icon" players, like Sachin, Laxman, Dhoni, Ganguly etc didnt go thru auction route, they automatically got 15% more than the highest paid cricketer in their franchise!! thankfully, next yr auctions wont hv icon status players, and we will see true value being paid for yuvi, sourav n laxman. and, for Sachin the master.

  • chilecricketer on April 2, 2010, 3:04 GMT

    IPL relevant but also indulgently English.....What about our new opening sensation Michael Lumb? Picked as a heavy hitter!His strike rate in IPL is woeful so he puts so much pressure on known big hitters (read Pathan for RR or Pieterson/Wright/Morgan for England) to wallop everything out the park and get cleaned up for next to nothing! would rather open with Swann! At least he can bowl and won´t waste overs. English selectors.....bunch of muppets!

  • xylo on April 2, 2010, 2:37 GMT

    Yuvraj, in this season, is concentrating on getting experience "under his belt". that is pretty much visible to spectators with that bulging waist-line, and is expected to work wonders for the Indian team for the World Cup.

    Also, I am surprised that Albie Morkel has not made to this list. The big-hitter has always managed to hit after the RRR has crept past 36, and has been a revelation in the bowling department. He has been instrumental in bringing in the South-African chokability to the CSK team.

  • 9ST9 on April 2, 2010, 2:16 GMT

    i think its unfair on dishan and especially AB deVIlliers. Now look @ ganguly he failed at the start of the series-but now he's in good nick. he hung on for each game and now he's back in touch. But in the case of DeVilliers and Dilshan they were benched too early. I think both of these guys should be given another chance, maybe at the expense of Collingwood.

    As for Punjab im surprised to see mahela not trying to open the innings at least once as he has prospered in that role recently for Wayamba, and seriously Yuvraj's attitude is just too bad, and i think people who have negative influence like that should be dropped from the side.

  • addie70 on April 2, 2010, 1:54 GMT

    I used to give Jamie Alter's cricketing brains a lot more credit than due - Shane Bond on this list ??!! C'mon - the man is the only real "fast" bowler in this year's circus - give him his due credit, take him off the list.

  • Varunx on April 2, 2010, 1:35 GMT

    Nice compilation ...however there are a few I would like to name ...MI - Dwayne Bravo & Sanath Jayasuriya , RCB - Rahul Dravid (can be attributed to lack of opportunities though) , CSK - Albie Morkel.

  • hattima on April 2, 2010, 0:53 GMT

    Bond practically sealed the match yesterday with intellegent bowling, silenced Symonds when it mattered the most. He is just coming to the terms of the Indian conditions and I do not think it is fair to call him a failure.

    Actually KKR bowling seems much much better with Agarkar replacing Ishant. It is a pity but Ishant should really be reserved for test matches where he can buy his wickets; he is a waste in the other formats, and it affects his confidence in tests as well. I guess he played 7 matches only because the franchise owner wanted value for money, Agarkar is so much better! And Hulululu, it might be hard to believe but the author is right, he is indeed getting $950,000 every year!

  • 8Ball on April 2, 2010, 0:43 GMT

    Shane Bond is doing well I thought and you know he gets better not worse, a bad performance would be 0 or 1/40 regularly. Is there a bowler yet to dominate over a lengthy period in the IPL?? Is it even possible to do so. The bowling is all about limiting the damage and occassionally the bowlers will have their day re conditions. Thats when the true strike bowler will show or in a death over, this is where Bond will shine, watch this space. Glad he is there, wish Richard Hadlee was still playing... wonder how he would go???

  • vilas on April 2, 2010, 0:31 GMT

    I agree with sreesanth, yuvraj and ishant, overpaid louts that they are. Any reason why symonds or gilchrist didnt make this list so far?

  • blue_rock_00 on April 1, 2010, 23:14 GMT

    SHAUN TAIT FROM AUSSIE?????? How about him Jamie ??? Or he was a let-down from beginning..?? Worst bowling figure in IPL 2010. 4-0-53-1 against delhi.. 04-0-46-1 against Mumbai.. no wicket against delhi on earlier match.. dropped against Bangalore ( thank god ) comeback with a wicketless game again.. best perfomance was against Weakest Punjab side when he knocked 2 tailenders out...

  • super-innocent on April 1, 2010, 22:58 GMT

    can any 1 tell me why kyle mills the NZ bowler wasnt bought by any of the teams hes much better bowler then Ishant Sharma, RP Singh or Sreesanth

  • Gizza on April 1, 2010, 22:49 GMT

    @Hulululu, all of the IPL salaries are annual. Ishant is being paid $950,000 every year. (Just like the icon players, Dhoni and Symonds are being paid million plus)

  • slugworth on April 1, 2010, 22:36 GMT

    Kings XI Punjab is at the bottom of the table so I'm not suprised they make up half the IPL Flop team.

  • rajusa on April 1, 2010, 21:28 GMT

    I think Yuvrajs flop show is deliberate. Probably he is being passive agressive since he was stripped of captaincy. This way the team does badly and next year they have to make him the captain again. Remmeber Ganguly vs Mccullum and knight riders. It is not a good idea to upset a fragile team spirit by firing your icon player. I am sure politics is behind the performance of Kings punjab

  • knowledge_eater on April 1, 2010, 20:59 GMT

    and yeh I forgot to mention the reason I said, loosing in IPL is not end of the world, is because just look it King XI line up Yuvi, Sanga, Mehela, Theron, Bopara(back), Lee (back) they are in ICC WC squad. and from your whole list, only Ishant, RP and Sreesanth are not in WC squad. So, I will say they are flop here but not everywhere. I personally think it is quite dangerous that Dilshan haven't sparkle, because he will be very hungry in WC. So, I am trying to say more you push spring more it will bounce. So, let's see what happens if any of these rusty spring bounce back or melt from pressure.

  • Cityharbour on April 1, 2010, 20:45 GMT

    A bit harsh on Bond, Dilshan, De Villiers and Morgan. The Delhi two have stuggled, but their price tags arent huge, same with Morgan - Mohammed Kaif has earnt nearly $2million in 3 seasons and hasnt done anything of note (to be fair he didnt play in one of them).

    And Bond hasnt really had a partner to bowl with and help build pressure (look at Mumbai - Malinga, Khan, Mclaren seem to hunt like a team with Bravo to back up).

    Players like Jayasuria, Morkel, Gayle and Gibbs, as good as they are, havent been great this tournament (this year or last).

    Pollard, sadly isnt a suprise. He played 1 good innings in the Champions League and had(has) a modest international record. In my opinion Napier, Ronchi are better players.

    And it would be unfair to call him a flop (as he hasnt played) but look at JP Duminy - 950k and can't get a game. The next auction will be very interesting :-)

  • Dileep.Iyer on April 1, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    Good statistics and I am sure this might help in next year's auction. I think it would make sense if the franchisees introduce Base Pay + Performance Pay sort of thing. Otherwise, look above, all the money is being wasted with the "Stars" performing badly.

    Coming back to Yuvraj, this form should be a big worry for the Indian team, because the Twenty20 world cup is right around the corner and the "star" batsmand of Indian team is totally out of place.

    Not sure whether the selectors take a look at the IPL performance before considering players for the International team - some of the selection defenitely looks like IPL have had the effect. If that is true, then its clear that Yuvraj has been selected into the team not cos of performance, but cos of Past Glory!

    Time to give him counselling and get him ready for the international event, which is way more competitive!

  • PrinceOfSalem on April 1, 2010, 20:32 GMT

    I disagree with Shane Bond (being a flop). He was slow of the block.. but we can see that in the last 2 matches .. he is the very reason why KKR have done so well in death overs. As a tear-away fast bowleer.. its not only the wickets that matter.. how economy rate and how well you bowl in the death overs. Infact the author should put Shane Bond. in the successess of IPL3. I very much agree with the 3 indian so called FAST bowlers. RP,Ishanth and Sreesanth.. its good they are not in the Indian team and its better if they are kept out for sometime.. too many chances to these 3. need to try with Praveen in Tests, Vinay.. DDs umesh yadav looks good.for KINGS XL.. shalab srivastava has bolwed good.. he was a bright spot. and should also add,, the ICL returnees... rayudu,satish,jhunjhunwala, including shalab..good they are shining.. also good to see Saurab tiwari, robin uthappa, and manish paney..shine.. indbatting fine.looks ood,... but problm with fast bowlers..cupboard was never so bare

  • long_handle9 on April 1, 2010, 20:28 GMT

    Maybe it's mean-spirited, but it's a delight to see Yuvraj/Sreesanth/Ishant flopping after the excruciating hype about them a couple of years back. Yuvraj is a powerhouse but always seems (and I could be wrong) a bit of a selfish sullen character; in addition he rarely builds innings anymore and tries to go at the opposition from the word go, regardless of the format/situation. That's a bit harsh because he was outstanding last year, but I just don't like the fella. He is a quality player though and India would want him firing on all cylinders. Sreesanth is, as many have noticed, irritating and expensive. Apart from the overrated five-fer last year against SL, he's done nothing of note since 2006. Ishant is a good prospect especially at his age but he's massively overrated after he troubled Australia in 2007-08. Whatever bounce he gets, he just isn't express fast (as the Cricinfo page says?). Some time in domestic cricket could be the answer.

  • knowledge_eater on April 1, 2010, 20:22 GMT

    Jamie Alter haha dude .. i think you shouldn't be on sub-editor mode now. You have defiantly raised the bar. May be you have. To be honest, IPL is very very cruel tournament. I still remember how disappointed I was when DD and MI didn't perform as I expected in 2008. Then again DD failed to win semi. in 09 and MI again missed out. Now, table is diff. One crazy inning or crazy over can dig big hole in team. This is not first time for Yuvi. so I won't freak out this early. We have seen Yuvi's comeback more than 3 times through out his career. To be fair, there is not one player playing in team, there are 11 players and many others who wants their team to win. Its very complicated. Again not performing in IPL, is not end of the world. So, I want be worried too much, of course its because I am not owner of any team. lol. If I was Kings XI player, I would want to create disaster in point table, and pull back many good teams going for Semi-final and laugh on their face. Let's see waiting.

  • Hulululu on April 1, 2010, 20:09 GMT

    Dear Author. I think Ishant Sharma is paid $950,000 for a period of 3 years. In that case his 7 wickets this season will not cost $135,714.28 as you have mentioned. But I may be wrong.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on April 1, 2010, 19:50 GMT

    Not surprised with Sreesanth. Morgan hasn't had much opportunity to be fair. Very surprised with Dilshan and Ab and Sang(maybe capt is weighing him). Yuraj is the biggest disappointment but he has been good in the past, just needs to play more maturely thats all. Mahela to be honest is inconsistent in this format, very similar to Ganguly and Albie Morkel. Oh, I never rated Rp Singh much anyway so I don't see the big deal with him. Ishant has probs but he is young and should learn.

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  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on April 1, 2010, 19:50 GMT

    Not surprised with Sreesanth. Morgan hasn't had much opportunity to be fair. Very surprised with Dilshan and Ab and Sang(maybe capt is weighing him). Yuraj is the biggest disappointment but he has been good in the past, just needs to play more maturely thats all. Mahela to be honest is inconsistent in this format, very similar to Ganguly and Albie Morkel. Oh, I never rated Rp Singh much anyway so I don't see the big deal with him. Ishant has probs but he is young and should learn.

  • Hulululu on April 1, 2010, 20:09 GMT

    Dear Author. I think Ishant Sharma is paid $950,000 for a period of 3 years. In that case his 7 wickets this season will not cost $135,714.28 as you have mentioned. But I may be wrong.

  • knowledge_eater on April 1, 2010, 20:22 GMT

    Jamie Alter haha dude .. i think you shouldn't be on sub-editor mode now. You have defiantly raised the bar. May be you have. To be honest, IPL is very very cruel tournament. I still remember how disappointed I was when DD and MI didn't perform as I expected in 2008. Then again DD failed to win semi. in 09 and MI again missed out. Now, table is diff. One crazy inning or crazy over can dig big hole in team. This is not first time for Yuvi. so I won't freak out this early. We have seen Yuvi's comeback more than 3 times through out his career. To be fair, there is not one player playing in team, there are 11 players and many others who wants their team to win. Its very complicated. Again not performing in IPL, is not end of the world. So, I want be worried too much, of course its because I am not owner of any team. lol. If I was Kings XI player, I would want to create disaster in point table, and pull back many good teams going for Semi-final and laugh on their face. Let's see waiting.

  • long_handle9 on April 1, 2010, 20:28 GMT

    Maybe it's mean-spirited, but it's a delight to see Yuvraj/Sreesanth/Ishant flopping after the excruciating hype about them a couple of years back. Yuvraj is a powerhouse but always seems (and I could be wrong) a bit of a selfish sullen character; in addition he rarely builds innings anymore and tries to go at the opposition from the word go, regardless of the format/situation. That's a bit harsh because he was outstanding last year, but I just don't like the fella. He is a quality player though and India would want him firing on all cylinders. Sreesanth is, as many have noticed, irritating and expensive. Apart from the overrated five-fer last year against SL, he's done nothing of note since 2006. Ishant is a good prospect especially at his age but he's massively overrated after he troubled Australia in 2007-08. Whatever bounce he gets, he just isn't express fast (as the Cricinfo page says?). Some time in domestic cricket could be the answer.

  • PrinceOfSalem on April 1, 2010, 20:32 GMT

    I disagree with Shane Bond (being a flop). He was slow of the block.. but we can see that in the last 2 matches .. he is the very reason why KKR have done so well in death overs. As a tear-away fast bowleer.. its not only the wickets that matter.. how economy rate and how well you bowl in the death overs. Infact the author should put Shane Bond. in the successess of IPL3. I very much agree with the 3 indian so called FAST bowlers. RP,Ishanth and Sreesanth.. its good they are not in the Indian team and its better if they are kept out for sometime.. too many chances to these 3. need to try with Praveen in Tests, Vinay.. DDs umesh yadav looks good.for KINGS XL.. shalab srivastava has bolwed good.. he was a bright spot. and should also add,, the ICL returnees... rayudu,satish,jhunjhunwala, including shalab..good they are shining.. also good to see Saurab tiwari, robin uthappa, and manish paney..shine.. indbatting fine.looks ood,... but problm with fast bowlers..cupboard was never so bare

  • Dileep.Iyer on April 1, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    Good statistics and I am sure this might help in next year's auction. I think it would make sense if the franchisees introduce Base Pay + Performance Pay sort of thing. Otherwise, look above, all the money is being wasted with the "Stars" performing badly.

    Coming back to Yuvraj, this form should be a big worry for the Indian team, because the Twenty20 world cup is right around the corner and the "star" batsmand of Indian team is totally out of place.

    Not sure whether the selectors take a look at the IPL performance before considering players for the International team - some of the selection defenitely looks like IPL have had the effect. If that is true, then its clear that Yuvraj has been selected into the team not cos of performance, but cos of Past Glory!

    Time to give him counselling and get him ready for the international event, which is way more competitive!

  • Cityharbour on April 1, 2010, 20:45 GMT

    A bit harsh on Bond, Dilshan, De Villiers and Morgan. The Delhi two have stuggled, but their price tags arent huge, same with Morgan - Mohammed Kaif has earnt nearly $2million in 3 seasons and hasnt done anything of note (to be fair he didnt play in one of them).

    And Bond hasnt really had a partner to bowl with and help build pressure (look at Mumbai - Malinga, Khan, Mclaren seem to hunt like a team with Bravo to back up).

    Players like Jayasuria, Morkel, Gayle and Gibbs, as good as they are, havent been great this tournament (this year or last).

    Pollard, sadly isnt a suprise. He played 1 good innings in the Champions League and had(has) a modest international record. In my opinion Napier, Ronchi are better players.

    And it would be unfair to call him a flop (as he hasnt played) but look at JP Duminy - 950k and can't get a game. The next auction will be very interesting :-)

  • knowledge_eater on April 1, 2010, 20:59 GMT

    and yeh I forgot to mention the reason I said, loosing in IPL is not end of the world, is because just look it King XI line up Yuvi, Sanga, Mehela, Theron, Bopara(back), Lee (back) they are in ICC WC squad. and from your whole list, only Ishant, RP and Sreesanth are not in WC squad. So, I will say they are flop here but not everywhere. I personally think it is quite dangerous that Dilshan haven't sparkle, because he will be very hungry in WC. So, I am trying to say more you push spring more it will bounce. So, let's see what happens if any of these rusty spring bounce back or melt from pressure.

  • rajusa on April 1, 2010, 21:28 GMT

    I think Yuvrajs flop show is deliberate. Probably he is being passive agressive since he was stripped of captaincy. This way the team does badly and next year they have to make him the captain again. Remmeber Ganguly vs Mccullum and knight riders. It is not a good idea to upset a fragile team spirit by firing your icon player. I am sure politics is behind the performance of Kings punjab

  • slugworth on April 1, 2010, 22:36 GMT

    Kings XI Punjab is at the bottom of the table so I'm not suprised they make up half the IPL Flop team.