Many people have written about IPL, the success stories of IPL and the players who are going to shine in the near future so here I am with the players who promised the moon in the starting but couldn’t even start take a leap.
Shahid Afridi :- A man tailor made for the shortest format of the game, Man of the Series in T20 World Cup, with 81 runs in the tournament with a highest of 33, he can be dubbed as the biggest failure coz there is so much you expect from Afridi in a T20 tournament but he didnt only fail.. He failed miserably.
Misbah Ul-Haq :- The real star for Pakistan in the T20 WC, he bailed out the team from so many difficult situations and almost won the WC for them (except for that shot!! Yayyy!! ) but in IPL, only famous player in Bangalore line up who is not a Test-Specialist in the Test Team and all he could muster was a measly 117 runs at 16.71 even tailenders of some teams must have score more than him..
Ishant Sharma :- The 19 year old lad who captured the imagination of Cricketing Fraternity by troubling the Australian batsmen no end but with just 7 wickets in 13 matches in India, he couldn’t justify even half of the price for which was paid for him. We need somebody like Srinath, who could succeed even on the dull and lifeless pitches of India.
Muttiah Muralitharan :- Few people know better the art of taking wickets than this guy with almost 1200 International Wickets but all he could manage was 11 wickets at an avg of 36.72, even Joginder Sharma had a better avg than him. Not the sort of stuff you would expect from him, I was expecting atleast in the final, he would do something but alas!!
Chaminda Vaas :- One of the most experienced bowler on the circuit and Deccan would have expected much more from him, I dunno why he only played only 5 matches, was it because of some injury scare or may be his performance forced the captain to decide on his exclusion, I think the 2nd one coz didnt hear any news about him being injured but 5 wickets at an avg of 29 n economy rate of 8.52 don’t augur well for a player like him.
Harbhajan Singh :- Can’t say much about his performance coz he only got to play 3 matches but the “Slapgate” won’t be forgotten for long and he also provided opportunity for the Australians to open their mouths against him. He was a major shame to Cricket and specially to the reputation of Indian Cricket.
Jacques Kallis -: Nobody expected much from a player who was blamed for playing slow even in ODI WC, but even then an avg of 18.09 is pathetic for a batsman his class.
Shoaib Malik -: I surely expected more from the Pakistan captain, 2 wickets and 52 runs to his credit surely don’t justify his talent..
Ricky Ponting-:Can be given the benefit of doubt coz he just got to play only 4 matches but there were 2 ducks out of those 4 innings.
Virat Kohli -: After showing such promise in U19 WC, he couldnt cope up with the real men.
Scott Styris-: 112 runs from 8 matches just don’t suit his reputation.
Shoaib Akhtar-: came to the team after such a ruckus and fizzled after the first match mayhem.
Dilhara Fernando -: The villian of the IPL for me for the last over he bowled in the match against Rajasthan.
Mohd. Kaif -: The only player from Rajasthan in the list, i thought he played okay but to my surprise, he only had an average of only 16 in 16 matches he played. He perhaps fumbled up the last chance to get a birth in ODI team again.
Lasith Malinga -: I dunno why the slinger didnt get any match to play?? :O
Song of the Day:- Pappu Can’t Dance from Jaane tu Ya Jaane Na
PS1:- My first post from Microsoft and also my first post written on Live Writer.
PS2:- Finally so my first coloured movie (on my laptop) after such a long time, saw “Murder on The orient Express”, which is also quite old, from 70s
PS3:- Strangely enough almost no comments on my last post, 2 comments which are there also came after seeing my status!!
PS4:- Bas itna hi!!!
PS5:- 5th PS, just for the heck of it.. Just to make the no 5.
PS6:- Btw Live Writer is quite good!! Should have started using it before, you can even add the categories while posting(which I did) and also link to previous posts without copying the address from your blog, I am impressed, the only thing is, you can
PS7:- Interesting thing.. of the first six, I have 2 Indians, 2 Pakistanis & 2 SriLankans.. All asians