5 last year heroes who have been duds in this season

They have played poor cricket in the first few games of the tournament. And if they continue their bad run of form, then they might also be axed from their respective sides.

Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw
Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

For all the hassles people faced in the year 2020, the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League has been the perfect soothing balm for all. Whether it is rich or poor, the league has entertained all the sections of the society with its pure cricket. And they are in more, as five more weeks of cricket is to be played in the tournament.

As far as players are concerned, several of them have already stamped their class in this year’s event. Many of them have fulfilled the wishes of their fans and are continuing their good run from last season. On the contrary, some players have also lost considerable steam since their match-winning performances in IPL 2019.

For them, their IPL 2020 performances have only added to their distress, as they could not meet the expectations of their fans. They have played poor cricket in the first few games of the tournament. And if they continue their bad run of form, then they might also be axed from their respective sides. In short, these cricketers have seen both the ends of the spectrum between IPL 2019 and 2020.

Here is the list of 5 last year IPL heroes who have been duds in this season :

1. Andre Russell

Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell
Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell. (Photo Source: Twitter)

After all the hullabaloo he created for a promotion in the batting order in the last year’s IPL, Andre Russell got his opportunity like cotton candy to a kid in IPL 2020. In simple terms, he has been Kolkata’s new No.4 in their last two ties. Not only he has been pushed up the order, but he has also been sent ahead of quality players like Eoin Morgan and Dinesh Karthik.

However, the results have not been satisfactory. For example, in the game against Delhi Capitals, where KKR needed to score at a run rate of 11, he couldn’t put his words into action. Russell scored an 8 ball 13 and further left the team hanging by playing a rash shot. Before that, also in the two innings he batted, he couldn’t help his team at crucial junctures of the game.

So considering all the hype surrounding him due to his breakthrough performances in IPL 2019, Russell has been unable to deliver on his promise in IPL 2020. In his three outings, he has only scored 48 runs. More than that, he has been found out whenever he has been put under pressure. There is no doubt about Andre’s capabilities, but he should also maintain consistency in his game to have a greater impact.

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