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IPL 2018: Benchwarmers XI

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Middle order

#3 Saurabh Tiwary (Mumbai Indians)

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Saurabh Tiwary was a one-season wonder shining brightly for Mumbai Indians in 2010. The long-haired Jharkhand batsman's good form for Mumbai Indians even got him an India cap and a massive bid from Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2011. However, since then the left-handed batsman has flattered to deceive as his one-dimensional batting and fitness issues have contributed to his rapid decline.

Tiwary was picked up by Mumbai Indians once again this time around. However, the presence of top quality batsmen in the ranks has meant that Tiwary is yet to get an opportunity this season.

Alternatives: Siddharth Lad (Mumbai Indians), Ishank Jaggi (Kolkata Knight Riders)

#4 Heinrich Klaasen (Rajasthan Royals)

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Steve Smith's ban from this year's IPL saw Rajasthan Royals opt to call up Heinrich Klaasen as his replacement. Klaasen, who made his debut for South Africa during India's tour earlier this year, impressed one and all with his ability to handle the spin threat posed by Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav.

D'Arcy Short was given first preference to prove himself though and when the Australian failed, the Royals turned to Klaasen. Klaasen though was made to bat at an unfamiliar position at the top of the order despite the presence of a natural opener in Rahul Tripathi. The South African was dropped after just two failures, with Short picked in the XI once again. Despite the prolonged poor form of Short, Klaasen hasn't got a look in again.

#5 David Miller (Kings XI Punjab)

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Kings XI Punjab used the Right To Match option to retain the services of David Miller for this season. Miller has been one of Punjab's most successful players over the past few years and was expected to be one of the vital cogs in the middle order yet again. After playing the opening match, and one more game later, Miller has found chances hard to come by as Punjab have juggled with the five of Chris Gayle, Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis, Mujeeb and Andrew Tye to fulfil the quota of 4 foreign players in the XI.

With the middle order struggling to contribute runs, it's an extremely surprising decision that a player of Miller's quality and stature is not being given an extended run in the eleven.