It has already been two weeks since the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) kick-started and set the stage on fire in the UAE. All the teams have played four matches each and Delhi Capitals have topped the table with three wins in their four games. Although Royal Challengers Bangalore have also won three matches, they are placed at the second position due to inferior net run rate.
The on-going IPL has rolled out some nerve-racking final over finishes and two dramatic Super Over finishes. So far, many new young talents like Devdutt Padikkal, Abdul Samad, Priyam Garg and Kamlesh Nagarkoti have announced themselves on the big stage.
Fans have witnessed some stunning performances from some individuals, who single-handedly won the games for their sides from nowhere. Meanwhile, fans have also witnessed some poor performances from some players who came into this year’s IPL with high expectations. These players might be dropped from the team in the near future. In this article, we will look at five such players who might be axed from Playing XI in the upcoming matches.
Here’s the list:
1. Sunil Narine (KKR)
The Caribbean stalwart is a destructive all-rounder of the Kolkata franchise and is capable of opening the batting along with bowling in the Powerplay too. He’s one of the consistent players of the franchise since IPL 2012 and the left-hander came into this IPL after an excellent CPL, where he helped his team to win the title.
But things have gone wrong for Narine in the on-going IPL. He has failed in all 4 matches, scoring just 27 runs with the bat at a strike rate of 87.09 and an average of 6.75. Even with the ball in his hand, the off-spinner has picked just 2 wickets at an economy of 8.50 and an average of 59.50.
With the likes of Tom Banton and Chris Green looking for an opportunity to prove themselves in the cash-rich league, Sunil has to perform high in the upcoming matches to continue in the Playing XI of the franchise.
2. Karun Nair (KXIP)
One has to feel bad for the Punjab-based franchise as they lost two close encounters in this season despite fighting hard. They are currently sitting at 7th position of the points table with just one win in their four games but if things had gone right for them, they could’ve won three out of four.
With KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal at the top, their top-order looks brutal but their middle-order is one of the things that is not doing well for them in the current season. Karun Nair, who is playing at No.3 for the franchise, is facing a lot of criticism due to his poor performance in the on-going season.
In the 4 matches he played in this season, Karun has scored only 16 runs at a strike rate of 114.28 and at an average of 8. With Mandeep Singh and Deepak Hooda sitting on the bench, Karun will be possibly dropped from the Playing XI in the near future.
3. Kedar Jadhav (CSK)
The Chennai-based franchise is currently having a tough time as the MS Dhoni-led team has won only one game in their four encounters of this season. CSK is the most experienced team in the league with the likes of MS Dhoni, Faf du Plessis and Deepak Chahar in their artillery. But they’ve failed to deliver until now as the team is struggling to get the touch back in all the three departments of the game.
Kedar Jadhav, the hero of Chennai Super Kings’ comeback match in 2018 after their two-year ban, failed to perform for the franchise after that match-winning knock. In 2019, he scored 162 runs at a rate of below 100 and didn’t bowl in that season.
Even in the current season, he has scored just 51 runs at a strike rate of 108.51 and at an average of 17. As CSK are currently looking for a winning combination, Kedar can be dropped from the Playing XI to give youngsters a chance to prove themselves.
4. Robin Uthappa (RR)
The Karnataka’s dashing batsman is the 9th highest run-getter in the history of the league with over 4000 runs and a lot of experience under his belt. Due to a string of poor performances for his former franchise Kolkata Knight Riders, they released him ahead of the IPL 2020 and the Jaipur-based franchise bought him into their squad.
But the T20 World Cup-winner has failed wretchedly in this season, scoring a mere 33 runs in 4 innings at a strike rate of 78.57. He also dropped a sitter while fielding and it was seen that he is not 100 per cent fit to play the match.
Although he was a match-winner in the past, Uthappa can be dropped from RR’s Playing XI. With Manan Vohra and Yashasvi Jaiswal in their squad, Robin might be get replaced for the next few games.
5. Khaleel Ahmed (SRH)
Sunrisers Hyderabad team came back strongly after suffering two loses at the beginning of the season. They are currently standing at the 4th position of the points table and are looking like a strong contender for lifting the title this year, with all the departments doing well so far.
However, the current form of their pacer Khaleel Ahmed might be a concern for the franchise as he hasn’t performed up to his mark, leaking runs at a rate close to 10. In the 3 matches he has played so far, he has picked just 2 wickets. He has become the bowler whom the batsmen are targeting without any fear.
As the team’s new recruit– T Natarajan– is excelling the duties of a left-arm pacer for the team, Khaleel can be dropped, making way for Siddarth Kaul or Basil Thampi who are yet to play a game this season.
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