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IPL 2019: Under-performers XI

IPL 2019 was a thrilling season for a few but for some, it only left despondence to them.

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Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav (Photo Source: Twitter)

The 2019 season of the IPL is over but the excitement and the emotion circling the tournament still remains. The entire season was about the ups and downs and the animation that came about in between. While power-hitters like Andre Russell and Rishabh Pant stole the show, the bowlers in the likes of Imran Tahir, Kagiso Rabada and Deepak Chahar produced wonderful performances acting as the backbones of their respective teams.

But as each season has its own story to tell, this season too stood out with its different colours separating it from the rest of the seasons. While there were so many positives, so many emerging talents and some really shocking performances, there were some players who disappointed in this season in a big way. Either due to their previous performances which were extremely good or because there was a lot of hope as to how well they would perform.

Here is a list of those XI players, who have given wonderful performances in the previous seasons or a lot was being expected of them in this edition, but have seemed to be out of touch throughout IPL 12:

1. Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indians)

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. (Photo: Sandip Mahankal/IANS)

The captain of IPL 2019 champions, Mumbai Indians, Rohit Sharma hasn’t stood out as a batsman at any point in the tournament. We all know how Malinga and his captain carried the last delivery of the season which won them the title. Despite a massive season for the Mumbai Indians and Rohit being a brilliant tactful captain, he certainly in his best form with the willow. Something that we usually expect from a batsman of his repute and stature.

Except for that one match-winning knock (48-ball 67) by the ‘Hitman’ wherein the Mumbai Indians bulldozed over the Chennai Super Kings in a league clash, Rohit was pretty much ordinary and a sidekick to Quinton de Kock, who did more gloriously. In the entire tournament, the Mumbai skipper only produced two fifty-plus scores.

Not to forget, he’s the only IPL captain with four championship titles and the one with most Man of the Match awards to his name among Indian cricketers in the T20 league. However, in this season he has amassed 405 runs at an average below 30, which is low to his stature and especially for a star opening batsman.

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