PBL 2018-19: 5 players who disappointed in the Ahmedabad Leg
#2 Victor Axelsen (Ahmedabad Smash Masters)
Ahmedabad Smash Masters’ captain World champion Victor Axelsen’s form is reflective of the fortunes of his franchise this season. With him being in decent form in the initial stages of this season, Ahmedabad Smash Masters had in fact topped the season in the beginning.
However, his form has gotten worse ever since and so has his franchise's. In the Ahmedabad leg, he did eke out a hard-fought win against a lowly ranked Mark Caljouw, though that was still not enough for his franchise to win the tie against Hyderabad Hunters.
However, when it came to a more skilled opponent, he was found wanting against world number five Son Wan Ho of Awadhe Warriors to whom he lost 7-15, 15-8 and 10-15. His net game was especially disappointing and Son Wan Ho took full advantage of that.
#3 Chris Adcock and Gabrielle Adcock (Chennai Smashers)
The world number five British husband-wife duo of Chris Adcock and Gabrielle Adcock were the overwhelming favourites to get it past Kim Gi Jung and Pia Zebadiah Bernadet of Mumbai Rockets.
Chennai Smashers showed enough confidence in this renowned pair to make their match as the trump match after they had lost their first match against Mumbai Rockets. However, the Adcock pair flattered to deceive and lost a closely fought match 14-15, 14-15.
Though they tried their best, it was their slow start in both the games that eventually cost them the match. They had to play catch up for much of the two games and despite getting close to the finish line, they could not get it past the determined Mumbai pair.
By their lofty standard, this surely was a disappointment.