Chennai Super Kings secured a place in their 7th IPL Final following a narrow win against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Qualifier 1. On May 3rd Kolkata Knight Riders will now take on Rajasthan Royals in Eliminator 1, who winner will then play the Eliminator 2 against SRH. IPL 2018 has been among the best seasons in IPL history, the competition has been fierce but very close. According to points table at the end of the league stage, IPL 2018 has been the closest fought season ever, with just 8 points separating the top from the bottom, a true indication of how close these teams are stacked up against each other. The main reason for such a close race this time around has been the individual performances from some of the players in the team which has failed to qualify for the playoffs. Players like KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant and Virat Kohli have done really well but haven’t found the required support from their team-mates. Which is why we have put together a list of 5 players who have the biggest disappointment from IPL season 11.
Ben Stokes IPL 2018 (RR)
The most valuable player from IPL season 10, Ben Stokes came into IPL 2018 with a big reputation following his record price-tag in the auction of INR 12.5 crore. However, the English international has been the biggest disappointment this season, scoring just 196 runs in 13 innings and picking up 8 wickets during that time. It was only in the final few matches of the season that Stokes started to get back in form, however, by that time it was too late as he had to quickly pack his bags to meet up with the England squad in preparation for the upcoming test series against Pakistan. There is no doubting that the 26-year-old is a hugely talented player who has done brilliantly in the past but this season he just didn’t find his rhythm and due to his price-tag it was almost impossible for the franchise to drop him. Rajasthan Royals will be hoping that their star buy comes back in top form next season and along with Steve Smith lead the side to the title.
Rohit Sharma IPL 2018 (Mumbai Indians)
For the first time in his career, Rohit Sharma failed to cross 300 for the season in the Indian Premier League and according to many experts, it was the inconsistent form of MI captain that cost the team hugely this season as they failed to make the playoffs for only the second time in last 9 seasons. Rohit Sharma is a class batsman but the inconsistency with his run-scoring has prevented him from fulfilling his potential. However, we should consider this a rare blip in what has been a fantastic IPL career of Rohit Sharma and there is no doubt that he will come back stronger next season with a side that is fully motivated to win their 4th IPL Title. The debate whether Rohit Sharma should open the innings is an ongoing one and hopefully, prior to the start of next season the MI management can solve this dilemma and utilise their captain’s skills in the best way possible.
Glenn Maxwell IPL 2018 (Delhi Daredevils)
169 runs in 12 innings at an average of 14 is a disappointing return for a player who is ranked among the best T20 batsmen in the world. Glenn Maxwell was bought by Delhi Daredevils for a whopping INR 9 crore and his arrive did bring a sense of positivity around the team that was very much needed before the start of this season. However, after winning the initial two matches, Maxwell never really managed to fire for the DD franchise. He was constantly moved up and down the batting order, even that didn’t produce any result. He was the marquee signing for DD and him failing to contribution set the team much further back than they would have imagined. With just 6 half-centuries in 69 matches, the Australian international needs to really step up next season otherwise he could soon find himself permanently on the bench.
D’Arcy Short IPL 2018 (Rajasthan Royals)
Rajasthan Royals will feel lucky now that they are in the playoffs given that most of their big money signing failed to fire this season. One of the players who everyone had their eyes on was Australian opener, D’Arcy Short. The 27-year-old had a brilliant BBL campaign which convinced RR to spend INR 4 crore in order to acquire his services for the current season. However, the opener had a disastrous campaign scoring 115 runs in 7 innings at a paltry average of 16.43. The performance of players like Short and Stokes prompted the team management to make constant changes to the playing 11 which eventually led to them struggling for the majority of the season. Short will be hoping that he can recreate the form he showed in Big Bash League 2017 and find his place in the side by the time next season starts because on current performance he is most likely to be relegated to the bench.
Manish Pandey IPL 2018 (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
After making a brilliant start to the campaign, Sunrisers Hyderabad are currently struggling with 4 consecutive defeats and one of the main reasons for this has been the bad form of the entire SRH middle-order and the biggest disappointment for them this season has been the 10 crore accusation Manish Pandey. The 28-year-old has scored just 284 runs in 13 innings at an average of 25, which is unfortunately just not enough for a player who is supposed to mature into a leader for the side. Over the past season, Pandey has clearly shown us that he has the talent to dismantle even the best bowlers in the business and if SRH is going to win the IPL 2018 Title, they will desperately need a good hand from him in order prevent a mid-innings collapse.
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