(Clockwise from top) Dinesh Karthik, Amit Mishra, Jaques Kallis, Dale Steyn and Chris Gayle were amongst the flops in the IPL 2014 © IANS
The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 saw many players rising to the occasion and making a mark, whereas there were also quite a few who failed to live up to the billing and emerged as the biggest flops in the tournament. Devarchit Varma takes a look at the flops of the IPL 7.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 witnessed the rise of many players and teams, but at the same time, there were many quite a few star performers previous editions, flopping miserably. T20 specialists such as Chris Gayle and Darren Sammy, Indian spin duo of Amit Mishra and Pragyan Ojha, as well as pace spearhead Dale Steyn were some of the big names who had a tough time. Also, players such as Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli couldn’t maintain their usual high standards in the IPL. Here is a list of the biggest flops of the IPL 2014.
Chris Gayle (Royal Challengers Bangalore):
The explosive RCB batsman was definitely the biggest flop in the IPL 2014. Known to have dazzled the previous editions of the tournament with some scintillating hitting and breathtaking strokeplay, Chris Gayle did not even once looked comfortable and his usual self. He struggled with injuries in the beginning and when he returned to action, he found the going get very tough. With just 196 runs from nine matches at an average of 21.77, Gayle could not create the magic like he did in the last few editions. Certainly, the numbers that he garnered were way below his standards.
Dale Steyn (Sunrisers Hyderabad):
While Bhuvneshwar Kumar did a good job for Sunrisers Hyderabad, Steyn’s struggle was surprising. Keeping the AB de Villiers-assault aside, Steyn wasn’t at his best in other manage to create the panic in the opposition batting ranks that he is known for, nor did he do anything that could be counted as a significant contribution. In many ways, Steyn’s performance summed up Hyderabad’s season. He finished the tournament with just 11 scalps in 14 matches.
Amit Mishra (Sunrisers Hyderabad):
One of the biggest disappointments in IPL 2014, Hyderabad’s leg-spinner Amit Mishra’s form went from good to worst in couple of weeks. What was surprising was the fact that Mishra, who was right on the money during the ICC World T20 2014 earlier this year, was struggling to find his rhythm. With an economy above nine, Mishra ended the disastrous run in the tournament with seven wickets in 10 matches.
Darren Sammy (Sunrisers Hyderabad):
When Darren Sammy took the West Indies to a thrilling victory against Australia in the ICC World T20 2014 earlier this year, the reputation of the West Indies’ skipper certainly touched a new high. The cricket fraternity saw a new facet of Sammy’s game, wherein he could lead his team to wins from the most unlikely positions. However, in the IPL, there was no such magic. Sammy had one of the poorest of runs in the tournament, as in 10 games he managed only 108 runs and could grab only three wickets. Towards the end of the tournament, he was asked to lead Hyderabad instead of Shikhar Dhawan.
Dinesh Karthik (Delhi Daredevils):
With 325 runs in 14 matches at an average of 23.21, Dinesh Karthik did not really live up to the expectations and justified the amount that Delhi Daredevils spent on him during the auction. He batted lower down the order, and the top order failure of the Daredevils provided him opportunities to play his game on more than one occasion. But Karthik failed to make a mark and prove his mettle — the way he did in the last edition of IPL which also helped him to strengthen his position for India selection.
Jacques Kallis (Kolkata Knight Riders):
The former South African cricketer was not in his usual elements this season. In all the previous editions Kallis has been Kolkata’s pillar of strength, but in IPL 2014 he struggled with poor form with both bat and ball. While he scored 151 runs in eight matches at an average of just above 25, what was majorly disappointing was his bowling. In eight games he could manage only four wickets in the 22 overs bowled by him. Kallis had started the tournament well, but he couldn’t maintain form as it progressed.
Pragyan Ojha (Mumbai Indians):
Pragyan Ojha was bought back by the Mumbai Indians at the auction, but he hit a new low. He featured in 12 matches for the side, sent down as many as 46 overs but managed only four wickets. It certainly would have worried the Indian selectors that both Ojha and Mishra struggled.
These were some others who almost made it to this list. Shikhar Dhawan, Michael Hussey, and Corey Anderson started off on disastrous note, but recovered well to not feature in the names mentioned above.
Click here for IPL 2014 complete coverage
(Devarchit Varma is a reporter with CricketCountry. He can be followed on Twitter @Devarchit)