We are into the 2nd week of the 2021 IPL season and have already witnessed several thrilling encounters. The matches are currently being played in Mumbai and Chennai, and almost all of them have gone down to the wire.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) is leading the table with 3 wins from as many games. Apart from Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), all the other teams have managed to win at least one match. SRH is languishing at the bottom of the table with a winless run.
A crop of fringe players has taken the 2021 IPL by storm and impressed with their dazzling performances. As a result, several capped players haven't been able to break into their respective playing XIs and have fallen out of favor with their managements.
On that note, let's take a look at the capped Indian players whose value has dropped significantly.
#1 SRH’s Siddarth Kaul has lost his golden touch
Following a breakout season with SRH in 2017, Siddarth Kaul was considered one of the most exciting prospects in the IPL. The 2018 edition of the tournament further solidified his new-found eminence.
However, he hit a rough patch soon after and found himself out of the reckoning in the next two editions. Siddarth Kaul is known for his knuckleballs and the ability to bowl above speeds of 130 km/h consistently.
Since the 2019 IPL season, Siddarth Kaul seems to have lost his golden touch. In the 2020 edition, he played just one match and conceded 64 runs in 4 overs.
With such performances, it won't be a surprise if Siddarth Kaul warms the bench for the entire IPL 2021 season.
#2 KKR’s Kuldeep Yadav fell from grace after a fantastic 2019 season
From leading KKR's spin-bowling department alongside Sunil Narine to becoming a liability to the team, Kuldeep Yadav’s career graph has taken a steep downturn. He has looked out of sorts and has been unable to stage a comeback.
In 5 matches last season, Kuldeep Yadav conceded 92 runs while just taking a single wicket at an economy rate of 7.66 runs per over and is yet to start for KKR this season.
#3 MI's Mayank Markande – IPL’s fading star
After his terrific debut season for the Mumbai Indians (MI) in 2018, Mayank Markande was considered the answer to India's prayers for a solid leg-spinner. In 14 matches of his first season, he took 15 wickets at a decent economy of 8.36 runs per over.
However, he played just 3 matches in the IPL 2019 season for MI. Mayank Markande’s move to Rajasthan Royals (RR) failed to revive his career and he warmed the bench for the entire 2020 edition. Despite his abilities, he has played second fiddle to Shreyas Gopal and is currently not on the RR thinktank’s radar.