By: Chinmay Vaidya, Aashay Chavan and Paarth Joshi
With the IPL season wrapped up, it’s time to look back at some of the players who didn’t quite live up to expectations. Here are our picks for the All-IPL Underachievers in 2018.
Ben Stokes – One year after lighting up the tournament, Stokes was a total dud. 196 runs, eight wickets from one of the highest paid players in the tournament. He’s got to be better.
Glenn Maxwell – I don’t think he will ever return to his 2014 form, but his 2018 campaign was a disaster. Managed jus 169 runs in 12 games.
Gautam Gambhir – In what was supposed to be the celebrated return of the hometown boy, Gambhir fell flat on his face. He had to remove himself from the team and captaincy due to his struggles.
Krunal Pandya – In a year where I expected him to take the next step forward, his average dipped and his finishing instincts seemed to disappear.
Kieron Pollard – Every year, there’s a game where Pollard has the chance to prove he’s more than just a smacker. And every year, he fails to deliver in that moment. If he doesn’t bowl any more, what’s his value?
Jaydev Unadkat – After picking up 24 wickets in 2017, the pacer was giving a lavish contract in the auction. He ended up with 11 wickets and an economy rate of 9.65. Needs a big comeback in 2019.
Chris Woakes – Part of RCB’s plan to add all-rounders, Woakes only played five matches. He scored 17 runs and took eight wickets for his 7.4 crore fee.
Aaron Finch – He failed to score runs as he was pushed out of his opening spot and couldn’t click when Kings XI needed it most.
Imran Tahir – At one time, he was the best spinner in cricket. In 2018, he played six games and took six wickets while going for 9.09 runs per over. At least he got a championship.
Rahul Tripathi – A devastating opener in 2017, Tripathi was moved around the lineup and struggled to fit into a role. Look at his average without the not outs (it’s not pretty).
Basil Thampi – After looking promising in 2017, he only got four games in 2018. Thampi also now owns the worst bowling figures in a single inning in IPL history.
Ben Stokes – Probably the second worst player in the IPL in terms of value after Maxwell.
Glenn Maxwell – In my mind, worst player in the IPL in terms of value.
Jaydev Unadkat – Horrible in the death overs and also the most expensive domestic player.
Guatam Gambhir – Worst captaincy I’ve seen in a while. At least, until it stopped.
Yuvraj Singh – Old and washed up. He couldn’t find the middle of the bat for his life. And to think he hit 36 in an over once.
Kieron Pollard – All sorts of mistakes with Mumbai for him, he singlehandedly lost them a couple games that were in reach.
Aaron Finch– Decent starts to his innings, never really got going and kept teetering off.
Hardik Pandya – Hailed as the next Indian all around great, it feels like he’s more concerned with his style than his play.
Manish Pandey – Scored more than 20 runs just twice. His selections in the national team don’t look great now.
Karun Nair – He’s slowly climbing back out of his shell, but his 2016 form isn’t back just yet.
Imran Tahir – I would expect better bowling from the man with the wildest appeals and celebrations. All I got was six wickets and a disastrous economy rate.
Glenn Maxwell - He was the most underachieving player in the IPL and never clicked for Delhi.
Ben Stokes - Failed to carry the Royals this season. Dropped off a cliff compared to last year.
Yuvraj Singh - Barely registered runs with the bat and couldn't field for his life.
Sam Billings - Had one good inning early in the tournament, but dropped off afterwards. Scored just 108 runs in 10 matches.
Ajinkya Rahane - He was essentially the same player as he was last season, but failed to click at the top of the order for Rajasthan.
Corey Anderson - Played in just three games and was a complete disaster. Went for more than 13 runs per over.
Mitchell Johnson - He went for more than 10 runs per over and only took two wickets in the competition.
Mark Wood - Played in just one match and went for 49 runs in four overs.
Jaydev Unadkat - He was one of the most expensive signings in the auction and didn't live up to expectations. Only took 11 wickets after scooping up 24 last season.
Mohammed Shami - Appeared in just four games before being benched for his poor form.
Gautam Gambhir - You know it's bad when a captain has to remove himself from the lineup. Massive decline from his KKR days.