De Villiers

Some of the biggest stars and hottest names in international cricket have been a disaster at the on-going Indian Premier League (IPL) while some players on whom no one wanted to bet on have made stunning impacts.

The biggest and worst failures have been Chris Gayle who in eight matches scored a mere 152 runs while playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore who will finish last in the eight-team points table.

Gayle, the most powerful hitter of the cricket ball, has been able to hoist the ball on just 11 occasions from the eight matches and failed to reach even double figures on five occasions.

AB de Villiers with an aggregate of 216 from nine games and Indian icon Virat Kohli 250 from nine matches have virtually nothing to go by as they bow out in disgrace.
De Villiers failed to go beyond the 20-run mark on no less than six occasions from the nine matches he has played in while representing the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Two other batting failures are Brendon McCullum who plays for the Gujarat Lions and Rohith Sharma the captain of the Mumbai Indians.

Sharma who holds the record for the highest score in ODI cricket which is 252 made against Sri Lanka in 2014, failed to go beyond 10 runs on no less than eight occasions in the 13 matches that he featured in. He has also struck a mere seven sixes while aggregating just 255 runs.

Brendon McCullum failed to enter double figures on no less than five occasions in the 11 matches that he played in while aggregating 319 runs.

Glen Maxwell from whom much was expected was also a failure by his standards scoring 310 runs from 13 matches.

But the IPL 2017 would have been an occasion with little or no appeal if not for batsmen like David Warner (535 runs), Shikar Dhawan (450 runs), Suresh Raina (440 runs), Gautam Gambhir (443 runs) and Hashim Amla (420) who kept the interest afloat.
The IPL must have also been a strange place for a host of other players who were virtual outcasts with absolutely no place in the teams that enlisted them.

High on the list is Faf Du Plessis who turned out for the Rising Pune Supergiants in the opening games and then faded away as was Mitchell Johnson who cannot find a regular place in the Mumbai Indians team as is Tim Southee the other fast bowler.

Top rated Bangladesh allrounder Shakib Al Hasan has gone back home after playing a match or two for the Kolkata Knight Riders while West Indies allrounder Darren Sammy is still languishing without a place in the Kings X1 team.

But one player who was able to make a rousing impact in the IPL is West Indies player Sunil Narine who was supposed to shine with his off-spinners but instead hammered the fasted IPL 50 in just 15 balls while opening the batting for the Kolkata Knight Riders against the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli
Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle