Top 5 cricketing disappointments of 2017
Every year brings along with it remarkable performances as well as its share of disappointments in every sport. And 2017 too belonged to many an outstanding achievement and personal milestones in cricket – Steven Smith, Virat Kohli and Rangana Herath to name a few – and a few disappointing outings. With a mountain of expectations from some veteran and senior players, some of them did not step up to the mark to provide the spark that their respective sides needed.
Sportskeeda notes five such cricketers on whom high hopes were attached, but they had little to show against their names.
1. Ajinkya Rahane
554 runs at 34.63 in 11 Tests
A key member of the Indian middle-order, Ajinkya Rahane had a rare rough patch in 2017. Having suffered a hand injury towards the end of last year, Rahane was brought back into the Test side for the India’s first Test of the year – against Bangladesh at Hyderabad – in place of his replacement, triple-centurion Karun Nair.
Rahane started with an 82 but contributions slowly began to dry up with the Tests against Australia, where he crossed fifty only once in seven innings.
Though he repaired the damage against Sri Lanka by getting a half-century and a hundred in their own backyard, he ended the year on a disappointing note with struggles against both pace and spin. Overall in 18 innings, he managed only 3 fifties and 1 hundred in Tests, whereas contrastingly, he averaged 48 in ODIs, a format not considered to be his forte.