The IPL 2023 is into its business end of the tournament as it has entered the last week of the league phase stage. So far, only one team – Gujarat Titans – has secured playoff spot while two teams at the bottom of the points table – Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad – have been eliminated from the playoff race. Rest 7 teams are still in contention for the remaining 3 playoffs spots.
There have been a number of flop players in the tournament, both Indian and overseas. So today we thought of making an XI of flop players in the Indian Premier League 2023. We have adhered to the IPL rule of keeping a maximum of 4 overseas players in the XI.
Here is the Flop XI of IPL 2023:
While he was expected to perform well, Shaw has had a disappointing Indian Premier League 2023 campaign. The DC opener managed only 47 runs in 6 innings at a dismal average of 7.83 and strike rate of 117.
Senior opener Mayank Agarwal had consecutive poor seasons in the IPL, and that’s surprising because he’s been a consistent player in the tournament. The SRH opener scored 187 runs in 9 innings at a strike rate of only 114 before being dropped from the XI.
After a couple of good knocks in India colors earlier this year, Rahul Tripathi has surprisingly had a forgettable tournament so far. The number 3 SRH batsman has managed an average of 23 and has struck at only 128. This dip in strike rate has been a bigger concerning factor.
Since SRH is having a terrible season, another SRH batter duly makes in this list: Brook. Even though the England sensation slammed a century against KKR, rest of his knocks have been low scores. 8 of his knocks out of 9 have been below 20, last two of which were ducks leading Brook’s ouster from the XI.
Senior Delhi Capitals batsman Manish had another season to forget in the IPL. In IPL 2023, Pandey has scored 160 runs in 10 matches at a disappointing strike rate of 109.
Barring one bowling performance of a four-wicket haul against LSG in Chennai, Moeen can be considered mostly a flop this season. The CSK all-rounder has a batting average of only 16, a highest score of 23 and a bowling average of 21, which should and could have been better given he played most of his matches in Chepauk.
Sarfaraz Khan (wk)
In the absence of Pant, Sarfaraz was tried as the keeper-batsman early by Delhi Capitals but was soon dropped because he looked handicapped with the bat against quality bowlers and challenging conditions. Sarfaraz Khan managed to score only 53 runs at a poor strike rate of 85 in 4 innings.
Archer’s debut IPL season for the Mumbai Indians has not gone according to the desires of the fast bowler and the franchise. Archer featured in 5 matches, picking up only 2 wickets and leaking runs at an economy of 9.5. He’s returned home to recover from his elbow injury that flared up again.
Senior India and KKR seamer had a disastrous Indian Premier League 2023 season: just 1 wicket in 8 matches!
Theekshana hasn’t delivered on the expectations in IPL 2023, especially given pitches in Chepauk in recent games have been spin-friendly. The Sri Lankan spinner has taken 7 wickets in 10 matches at an economy of over 8.
After a breakthrough season last year, Umran Malik failed to make a mark in IPL 2023: 5 wickets in 7 matches while leaking at over 10 runs an over.