IPL 2019 Worst 11: The Sportsrush present before you the Worst Playing XI of the 12th season of the Indian Premier League.
With Mumbai Indians winning their fourth IPL title, there is an atmosphere of celebration all around. Having become the first team to do so, it speaks highly about their success in the tournament. The fact that all their four titles have come in the last seven seasons further signify their prowess in the cash-rich league.
Other than the above mentioned record, IPL 2019 was witness to several milestones being achieved across departments. However, what was also visible throughout the season was some big names not standing tall on expectations of both their franchise and fans.
With the season done and dusted now, it is the most apt time to go through names who failed to make a mark in IPL 2019.
IPL 2019 Worst 11
In what was a comeback for South Africa batsman Colin Ingram, he was bought by Delhi Capitals for the second time in the auction. In 12 matches for DC, he scored 184 run at an average of 18.40 and a strike rate of 119.48. Coming with a reputation of being a skilled professional in the T20 format, Ingram didn’t quite do as well as Capitals would have liked him to.
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Much like Ingram, Sunrisers Hyderabad all-rounder Vijay Shankar is also a middle-order batsman who finds a place in the top-order of our IPL 2019 Worst 11. In 15 matches for SRH, Shankar scored 244 runs at an average of 20.33 and a strike rate of 126.42.
With the ball, Shankar was given limited chances throughout the season. Him taking one wicket in the eight overs that he bowled further didn’t help his case. Coming on the back of decent showings at the highest level and being named in India’s World Cup Squad, Shankar let his down in the middle-order.
England all-rounder Ben Stokes’ career graph in the IPL has continued to get worse. In IPL 2019, Stokes scored 123 runs in nine matches at an average of 20.50 and a strike rate of 124.24. His bowling saw him dismissing six batsmen at an average of 31.50 and an economy rate of 11.22.
Other than scoring a couple of half-centuries, Kolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik was found wanting in both the batting and captaincy department. Star all-rounder Andre Russell publicly questioning decision-making highlighted that things for not going well in the KKR camp.
#VIVOIPL2019 #KKR If a Rahane can be replaced as the Captain during the tournament for all the right reasons why shouldn’t a Jack Kallis /Dinesh Karthik be probed on the Russell fiasco.This is completely unacceptable that the best batsman gets to play the least no of balls !
— Gautam Bhattacharya (@gbsaltlake) April 21, 2019
In the 14 matches that Chennai Super Kings batsman Kedar Jadhav before getting injured, he scored 162 runs at an average of 18 and a strike rate of 95.85. Expected to play a senior role in Super Kings’ batting department, Jadhav never really got going in the tournament.
A major reason for Hyderabad’s dismal show in the middle-order was veteran batsman Yusuf Pathan’s form. Him scoring 40 runs at an average of 13.33 and a strike rate of 88.88 was nowhere near to what his reputation suggests.
Having impressed one and all with his all-round skills last season, Rajasthan Royals’ Krishnappa Gowtham put on display a performance which suggested of the otherwise. Gowtham’s lone wicket in seven matches eventually forced Royals to drop him for the rest of the season. With the bat in hand, Gowtham scored 18 runs in four innings.
From finishing IPL 2018 as the highest wicket-taker to picking three wickets in six matches at an average of 77.66, an economy rate of 10.59 and a strike rate of 44, Kings XI Punjab fast bowler Andrew Tye seemed clueless this season.
In the IPL 2019 Worst 11, Tye will be joined by Indian pacer-duo of Dhawal Kulkarni (six wickets in 10 matches at an average of 55.83, an economy rate of 9.57 and a strike rate of 35) and Prasidh Krishna (four wickets in 11 matches at an average of 94.25, an economy rate of 9.34 and a strike rate of 60.50).
Most runs conceded by spinners in an IPL match:
59 – Imran Tahir, Delhi v MI, Vizag, 2016
59 – Kuldeep Yadav, KKR v RCB, Kolkata, 2019*#KKRvsRCB
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) April 19, 2019
Not many would have thought of finding KKR bowler Kuldeep Yadav in this team. However, him dismissing four batsmen in nine matches at an average of 71.50, an economy rate of 8.66 and a strike rate of 49.50 didn’t leave many options. The fact that Knight Riders didn’t give him another match after dropping him tells more about his shambolic performance in IPL 2019.
IPL 2019 Worst 11 – 1) Colin Ingram 2) Vijay Shankar 3) Ben Stokes 4) Dinesh Karthik (c & wk) 5) Kedar Jadhav 6) Yusuf Pathan 7) Krishnappa Gowtham 8) Andrew Tye 9) Kuldeep Yadav 10) Dhawal Kulkarni 11) Prasidh Krishna