The IPL 2018 Flop XI so far
The eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League, with much fanfare and anticipation, kicked off on April 07, 2018.
During the course of past 29 days, we have witnessed some pulsating action in all facets of the game. While a plethora of young Indian talent in Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Mayank Markande, and Shubhman Gill, have set the stage on fire with their superlative performances, there has been a series of disappointments from cricketers who were expected to enthral us this season.
That said, in this blog today, here's a look at the IPL Flop XI in the 2018 edition thus far.
Note: Stats are as of 7 May 2018
Here's my compilation:
#1 Gautam Gambhir (Captain)
Much was expected of the former Kolkata Knight Riders skipper to lead his home team, the Delhi Daredevils, to glory after the two-time IPL winner returned to Delhi after seven years.
However, lack of form that saw him score just 85 runs in six matches coupled by team's dismal performance saw Gautam relinquish the captaincy duties to Shreyas Iyer, and he has not featured in any game post his stepping down as captain.
#2 D'Archy Short
After ending up as the leading run-scorer in the 2017/18 BBL season (572 runs) for the Hobart Hurricanes, D'Archy Short was destined to get an IPL contract this year, and (Rs 4 Crore) Rajasthan Royals were quick to poach him in the 2018 IPL auctions.
However, the swashbuckling left-hander has not been able to replicate his success in the IPL. With his struggles against quality spin quite evident, Short has only managed to scrap 111 runs in six matches at an average of 18.50 and an underwhelming strike-rate of 118.08.