Weekly Review – Week 1 Flop 11
With 10 days into Dream11 IPL 2020 edition, we have witnessed nothing short of mindblowing games of cricket and action packed entertainment on and off the field. There were several matches that went down to the wire and two games even went to the super over to get a result. Phew, too much to handle in a mere 9 days.
We saw records getting tumbled when RR pulled off the highest ever successful run chase in the history of IPL against KXIP. While matches that featured teams like RR, KXIP, MI and DC resulted in run feast, teams like CSK and SRH haven’t joined the party yet. Nevertheless, with all the teams having played at least 2 matches in the Week 1, this would be the right time to see a weekly performance review and pick out the players who would be featuring in the FLOP 11 Team of Week.
To open the innings, we picked up one of the senior members of the tournament, who failed to open the account for himself – Murali Vijay. His performance was completely worrisome as he did not give his team the much needed start in the powerplay throughout the week. Also he consumed many deliveries to build his innings, and eventually threw his wicket away cheaply on many occasions. To partner him, featured the RCB and Indian Team skipper Virat Kohli. While his team enjoyed a memorable start to the tournament by winning 2 out of 3 matches including a super over thriller against biggies MI, Super V didn’t have a super start to his run scoring mania. He just managed to collect paltry scores of 14, 1 and 3 of his 3 innings and dropped two crucial catches of KL Rahul which cost them the game.
At one down comes in Dinesh Karthik who captains KKR and dons the gloves as well. His captaincy was not impressive in the first game as the team lacked complete intent and dug their own graves. Also he didn’t have the best of the time in the middle with the bat. Next player in the lineup earned a special distinction for his mouth watering knocks when the IPL went back from India to UAE in 2014 where he scored 360+ runs in 5 innings. Glenn Maxwell fils in the 4th position because he was nowhere close to his cognitive best with the bat and equally poor with the ball. He scored 1, 5 and 13 off his 3 innings and picked a solitary wicket.
Every pack needs a leader! A leader with an ice cool mind and heart of a lion is an added bonanza. Such great man to lead this team would be the super king MS Dhoni. In the two matches where CSK lost, they were visibly nowhere in the chase and the man himself did not see himself getting in the best form that he wanted. Captain Dhoni’s CSK teammate Ravindra Jadeja comes in at number 6. The all rounder has crashed all the expectations from his fans and franchise and has distinctly claimed his position in this eleven. He bowled poorly conceding 40+ runs in all the games and was not able to contribute with the bat either.
Krunal Pandya comes in at number 7 as the southpaw was also spraying all around the pitch in his bowling tenure with MI. Krunal should start hitting the right lines before he sees himself losing his spot to any other player. It is indeed disheartening to see one of India’s best bowlers lose his charm over the last 2 years. Bhuvneshwar Kumar had been the rising star who single handedly won SRH the title in 2016 and since that he hadn’t hit the right fortunes. Injuries had sidelined him for quite some time and his lack of match time saw him sitting on the bench for most of the matches for India.
Kuldeep Yadav continues his nightmare run at the IPL from last year and fails to impress. He has neither racked up wickets, nor was able to control the leak of runs in the middle overs. At number 10 in the line up, it would be South African speedster Dale Steyn while number 11 was royally bagged by Lord Umesh Yadav. These are the only inclusions that would be agreed upon even by all the RCB fans. Steyn never looked his lethal old best and Yadav was wayward with his line and lengths throughout the 2 games he played.
Here is the Flop 11 from week 1:
MS Dhoni (c,wk)
With heavy heart we come to the end of this weeks’ eleven players who have not performed upto the expectations. However, the IPL is a long tournament and the fortunes of the team keep changing within close time intervals. Hope that none of the players see themselves again in next week’s FLOP 11 list.