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IPL 2019: Unlucky XI of the season

These players should've got more chances but they warmed the bench for the majority of the season.

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Washington Sundar
Washington Sundar. (Photo: IANS)

What a fabulous two months have we had! This was one of the best Indian Premier League (IPL) seasons ever, with many last ball finishes and intriguing matches. All the cricket fans love to see games which are unpredictable and exciting, both of which was highly available this year in the IPL.

Many players had a blistering season, meanwhile, some were quiet throughout. Left or right-handed batsmen or spin and pace bowler, whomsoever it may be, IPL provides equal opportunities to shine and many of them did, like David Warner who won the Orange Cap, Imran Tahir who topped wicket-takers list, emerging player going to the young Shubman Gill and the most valuable player went to the powerful Andre Russell and the list goes on.

Then came the biggest of all which matters the most, the trophy went to the Mumbai Indians for the fourth time and they became the most successful team in the IPL history, all under Rohit Sharma’s leadership. He now also has five IPL trophies to his name which is the best for any player in the tournament, four under the Mumbai Indians and one in the Deccan Charger’s jersey as a player.

Sadly though, many talented players had to miss out from the playing XI due to various reasons like the limitations of four foreign players, a poor start in the IPL, inexperience and much more.

Here we bring you the unlucky XI of the season:​

1. Martin Guptill (Sunrisers Hyderabad)

Martin Guptill
Martin Guptill. (Photo: IANS)

This New Zealand cricketer is currently ranked as one of the elite openers in the world. He is an extremely dangerous player and can take the match out of the opponent’s hand quite easily. Martin Guptill had missed out his chance on being a star opener for his team as Sunrisers Hyderabad had the likes of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow.

Guptill could only manage to play three games after the pair went back to their respective countries for World Cup preparations. In the few matches he played, the Kiwi batsman showed a glimpse of what he can do scoring runs at a strike-rate of above 150 and at an average of 27. He would’ve loved to get more chances but the team combination was such that Guptill had to wait until the end.

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