The 2015 edition of the Indian Premier League was a memorable outing without a doubt. All the teams barring the Kings XI Punjab fought well and hard to remain in the groove for the playoffs. The performance of the Mumbai Indians was an inspiring one. After being beaten black and blue in their first four matches, the men from Mumbai staged a remarkable comeback to peak and ultimately win the IPL. The individual performances of players were up to the mark as well.
However, the one dampener in this IPL was the performance of respected and loved names. Several out of favour individuals were below par this time around. Loved names such as Yuvraj, Sehwag and others did not make their chances count and struggled. It was surely a sorry sight to see them struggle in the IPL.
In this article, we have a look at those players, who frame the Worst XI of IPL 8 –
1. VIRENDER SEHWAG:
The Nawab of Najafgarh probably endured through his worst patch ever in this IPL. Sehwag was far from even being at his 50%. Had he even played to half of his true potential, Sehwag would have single handedly won atleast two games for the Kings XI. Lack of cricket in recent times was a key factor behind Sehwag’s poor outing. The IPL was the only stage where fans could have seen Sehwag in his flow. But after constantly failing, he too decided to bench himself for the sake of the side. Viewers might have probably seen Sehwag for the last time. It is highly possible that the viewers might not see him again in the IPL.
2. MURALI VIJAY:
Partnering Sehwag at the top of the Flop XI of IPL 8 is his Kings XI partner M. Vijay. Statistically, there are a few openers who were worse than Vijay. But Vijay makes it to this list based on his reputation, ability and past form. Vijay was expected to shoulder the responsibility alongside Sehwag. But with Sehwag floundering, Vijay too was nowhere. The Indian test opener got off to a couple of breezy starts, but did not cash in. 251 runs in 11 games with a best score of 39 isn’t something which is expected from an experienced IPL campaigner.
3. DINESH KARTHIK:
Karthik was undoubtedly the biggest disappointment of this IPL. Karthik’s each run for the Royal Challengers Bangalore cost his team a whopping Rs 74 Lacs. Now that is something which is on the extreme low of the “value for money” package. The Royal Challengers wicketkeeper could manage only 141 runs in 11 innings in this edition of the IPL. Behind the stumps, Karthik was extremely sloppy. He made a mess of atleast two chances in the second qualifier in Ranchi.
4. YUVRAJ SINGH:
The highest paid cricketer in the IPL had a derelict season for the Delhi Daredevils. The million dollar baby could manage just 248 runs in IPL 8 at a below par average of 19.07. The saddest part about Yuvraj’s campaign this time around was that he looked agonizingly short of confidence. In the outfield, Yuvi was seen with a hint of depression on his face. In his prime Yuvraj was a complete live wire on the field. But these days, a grim looking Yuvraj Singh is photographed.
5. GLENN MAXWELL:
The best part about IPL 7 is now among the worst parts of IPL 8! After the World Cup win for Australia, people thought that Maxwell would be free from a burden and would perform exceptionally. Rather, Maxwell’s form nosedived for the worse. The Victorian could just score 145 runs in the IPL at an average of 13.18. Maxwell’s disastrous performance was the key reason behind Punjab’s debacle this time around.
6. JAMES FAULKNER:
Maxwell has the company of his statesman. Faulkner was simply terrible for the Rajasthan Royals. The man of the match of the 2015 World Cup final bowled like an amateur in the death overs. Faulkner was so pathetic for the Royals with the ball that even Umesh Yadav, a tailender belted him for sixes. Faulkner scored a meager 144 runs in this IPL. More than his batting, it was his bowling which made things hard for the Royals. With the ball, Faulkner could only take 8 wickets in 13 games at an average of 53.25 while conceding 9.46 runs per over.
7. RAVINDRA JADEJA:
Barring just one good show, this was a pitiable IPL for Jadeja. The Chennai all rounder was often smashed by the batsmen out of the park. His batting too couldn’t make a difference. As a matter of fact, Jadeja was a liability for the Chennai Super Kings with the bat. The all rounder even struggled to time the ball properly. Skipper Dhoni, was often seen disgusted because of Jadeja’s poor show. After all, Dhoni had every reason to be livid on him. 132 runs and 11 wickets in 17 games is not something which is expected from an all rounder for sure.
8. STUART BINNY:
If there was any award meant for an individual who was in the team for no reason, it would surely be bagged by Stuart Binny. Binny’s actual reason to make it to the playing XI was unknown throughout. He wasn’t trusted with the bat nor was he given enough overs. However, in all the limited chances given to him, Binny couldn’t do anything noteworthy. Rather, he was simply dismal. With the ball, Binny could just manage 4 wickets at an average of 35, and with the bat, he scored 74 runs in 8 innings.
9. MITCHELL JOHNSON:
Atrocious is the only word which can summarize Johnson’s performance in IPL 8. Johnson was supposed to be Punjab’s most lethal weapon with the ball. But as things turned out, he was their ultimate villain. Forget about taking wickets, Johnson was taken to the cleaners with ease. Towards the later stages of the tournament, he was released by his franchise. 9 wickets in 9 games at an average of 37.33 while conceding 9.37 runs per over. These stats are enough to paint a sorry portrait of Johnson.
10. DALE STEYN:
Like Johnson, Steyn too was miserable in this outing of the IPL. With just 3 wickets in 6 games, Steyn had the stats of a part timer. For the majority of the tournament, Steyn warmed the benches as Trent Boult was preferred over him. The South African averaged a dismal 56.66 with an economy rate of 8.94. In the same number of games, Ashish Reddy, a part time bowler for the Sunrisers had better stats.
11. PRAVEEN KUMAR:
The IPL was undoubtedly the last stage for Kumar to make any impression ahead of the Indian selectors. Ironically, Kumar made a complete mess of the things. Kumar was given a run of 12 games and could only strike 7 times. The Uttar Pradesh seamer averaged 47 with the ball, while his economy rate 9.13 runs per over.