IPL 2021 managed to entertain cricket fans to a great extent. However, the tournament was unfortunately suspended after several players tested positive for Covid-19. BCCI suspended IPL 2021 for the safety of players, support staff, and participants of the tournament. Before its suspension, IPL 2021 witnessed 29 matches.
Many players did not get a chance to play in IPL 2021. They were benched by their teams in all the games they played in the tournament. However, some players among these benched players have a lot of talent and they could form a great team.
Here we will look at the 11 best players of IPL 2021 who did not play a single match in IPL 2021. We will talk about 11 benched players of IPL 2021 who can make a strong team that will have the capability to beat any team.
Benched XI Of IPL 2021 Which Can Beat Any Team In The Tournament
Robin Uthappa was picked by Chennai Super Kings ahead of IPL 2021 in a trade deal with Rajasthan Royals. He did not get a chance to play in the 7 matches of Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2021. However, Robin Uthappa is a great option for an opener.
Chennai Super Kings wanted to give enough opportunities to Ruturaj Gaikwad due to which Uthappa had to warm the bench. The right-handed batsman Uthappa has a great experience in IPL as he has played since the first season in IPL 2008. In 189 matches, Uthappa has scored 4607 runs which include 24 half-centuries.
Jason Roy was another player who did not play any match in IPL 2021. He was unsold in IPL 2021 auction but Sunrisers Hyderabad later picked him as a replacement for Mitchell Marsh. Jason Roy can be a great option for an opener in the team.
His aggressive batting style was quite visible during the ODI and T20I series against India in March. The England cricketer was in great form and thus is a brilliant option for an opener. In 8 matches in the Indian Premier League so far, Roy has scored 179 runs. He played a spectacular knock of unbeaten 91 runs in IPL 2018.
Mandeep Singh will be an excellent batsman at no.3 batting position. Mandeep Singh was part of Punjab Kings in IPL 2021 but did not feature in any match. In 104 matches in IPL so far, Mandeep Singh has scored 1659 runs. He has also smashed 6 half-centuries. He will be a great batsman in the team of benched players of IPL 2021.
Sarfaraz Khan was part of Punjab Kings in IPL 2021 but was benched in all 8 matches of the team. He can be a great batsman in the team of benched players of IPL 2021. Sarfaraz Khan is a hard-hitting batsman who will be a great batsman at the middle-order. In 38 IPL matches, the right-handed batsman has scored 441 runs which include 1 fifty.
Sam Billings will be a great option for wicket-keeper. Sam Billings was part of Delhi Capitals in IPL 2021 but wasn’t picked up in any game as the skipper Rishabh Pant took the wicketkeeper’s role in every game. Delhi Capitals bought Sam Billings for Rs. 2 crores during IPL 2021 auction. So far, Sam Billings has played 22 matches in the Indian Premier League and scored 334 runs. He has also hit 3 fifties.
Chennai Super Kings bought Krishnappa Gowtham for Rs. 9.25 crores during IPL 2021 auction making him the costliest Indian player in the auction.
However, Chennai Super Kings did not include him in the playing 11 in any of the 7 matches they played. Maybe CSK had planned to use him at a later stage during the tournament. Krishnappa Gowtham is an incredible choice for an all-rounder. In 24 matches in IPL so far, Gowtham has scored 186 runs and scalped 13 wickets.
Kuldeep Yadav was part of the Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2021 but did not play in any match in the tournament. Kuldeep Yadav will be a brilliant choice for the spinner in the team. The left-arm spinner Yadav has played 45 matches in IPL so far and grabbed 40 wickets. He has also played international matches so has a good experience to bowl against top-class international batsmen
Piyush Chawla was bought by Mumbai Indians in IPL 2021 auction but the team did not feature him in any of the 7 matches. This is because spinner Rahul Chahar was doing a great job for Mumbai Indians. Piyush Chawla will be a great option for the 2nd spinner in the team of benched players of IPL 2021.
Since IPL 2008, Chawla has played 164 matches in the Indian Premier League and scalped 156 wickets. He also knows batting a little so can also play a cameo with the bat if the need arises.
Anrich Nortje was part of Delhi Capitals in IPL 2021. The right-arm pacer Nortje did not play any games for Delhi Capitals in IPL 2021. Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting had said that the team wants to use him during the later stage of the tournament.
Nortje was incredible in his debut season in IPL 2020, where he scalped 22 wickets in 16 matches. He is will be a great pacer to attack the opposition batsmen.
Lockie Ferguson was part of Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2021 but the team benched the New Zealand pacer in all the 7 matches they played. Lockie Ferguson will be a great option for the pacer in the team. So far, Lockie Ferguson has played 14 matches in IPL and picked 11 wickets. He has a brilliant pace attack in bowling and has the ability to trouble opposition batsmen.
Umesh Yadav was bought by Delhi Capitals in IPL 2021 but the Indian pacer warmed the bench in all 8 matches. With his international experience, Umesh Yadav will be a great choice for the pacer in the team. Since IPL 2010, right-arm pacer Yadav has played 121 matches and picked 119 wickets. He will add strength to the team of benched players of IPL 2021.