Flop XI from the first week

A few of the players are yet to put their best foot forward in the tournament.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

From edge-of-the-seat, nail-biting, super over finishes- to boring, unspirited, no-show run chases; it has only been a week into the thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) but fans have already seen all kinds of action.

The tournament has taken off to a flying start after Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) were involved in a thrilling opener at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. 

In the first week, there have been a number of players, who entertained the audience with their fearless brand of cricket. However, a few of them haven’t been able to hit their straps thus far in the tournament.

In the article, let’s take a look at the Flop XI of IPL 202o from the first week:

1) Murali Vijay (CSK)

Murali Vijay
Murali Vijay. (Photo: IANS)

The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) headed into the 2020 season with a massive disadvantage caused by Suresh Raina’s early departure from the tournament. Consequently, the team have tried to bolster their batting by roping in some top-heavy domestic names, but the move hasn’t yielded much fruition thus far. 

Case in point: Murali Vijay’s dismal run as an opener at the top. Back in the Super Kings’ early years of glory, the Tamil Nadu batsman was a vital cog in the team’s batting line-up. With a strike rate close to 120 and two sensational centuries to his name, it wasn’t that big of a mystery as to why Captain Cool MS ‘Thala’ Dhoni preferred to play him in his starting line-up. 

Sadly, Murali and CSK had to temporarily distance themselves from each other from the period between 2014-2017. They did reunite once again, back when Chennai snapped him up in the 2018 mega-auction at his exact base-price of INR 2 crores. Unfortunately, though, Murali’s second homecoming hasn’t been as glorious. Across the 2018 and ’19 seasons, Vijay could only accumulate a total of 76 runs from three matches with a high-score of 38. The new-era CSK team settled on Ambati Rayudu as their preferred Indian opener, which took much of the spotlight away from the strong-techniqued Chennai batsman. 

But with Raina, and later, Rayudu on the sidelines this season, it looked like Vijay would get his long-due chance to shine. And he did get his chance- Murali has featured in each of CSK’s three matches thus far. Sadly, he has flattered to deceive, scoring just 32-runs across the three matches. Given how things have worked out so far, it looks almost certain that he’ll be axed once Rayudu returns to match-fitness. 

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