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5 players who should be axed following the second week of IPL 2019

Meagre performances from players might oust them from the tournament.

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Shikhar Dhawan and Sourav Ganguly
Shikhar Dhawan and Sourav Ganguly. (Photo Source: Twitter)

With the completion of the second week of the IPL, qualification scenarios are lining up well for each side. Only RCB being off the mark, the race to playoffs is catching heat. As of the end of the second week (Match 21) KKR are at the top of the table having played a game less and RCB are languishing at the bottom of the table, likely to get the wooden spoon if they persist with the path that they are on.

Every week has its own standout performers and performances, and at the same time, some underwhelming and poor shows. This week was no different too and we may not see a few players for a while now, owing to their poor performances which aren’t helping their team’s cause, and so, at CT we have prepared a list of 5 players who should be axed following a difficult second week that they endured.

Manish Pandey

Sunrisers Hyderabad
Sunrisers Hyderabad. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

The stylish Right-handed batsman from Karnataka hasn’t replicated the form that he showed in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. To top that, Manish Pandey hasn’t justified the hefty price tag that he was bought for, before the start of the 2018 IPL season. The faith that was shown in him when the SRH think-tank decided to retain him for this year’s edition. SRH built their middle-order around Manish Pandey and his regularly irregular and disappointing performances have done no good to the team’s cause.

In the 5 matches that he has fared in, the 29-year-old has got scores of 8 not out, 1, DNB, 10, 16. These lackluster performances have dented the progress of the Middle-order of SRH and Manish Pandey has had a disappointing second week, managing only 26 runs (2 innings) at a strike rate of 76. One can expect SRH to drop Manish Pandey from the XI to include someone like Abhishek Sharma, who showed a lot of promise in the last edition.

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