The UAE leg of the IPL is already over and there have been great highs and even greater lows for teams through this first half of the tournament. This article will take a look at the performances and results of various decisions made by team owners and players whether hit or flop.
Best Auction Buy: Glenn Maxwell (KXIP)
By far the best performance in the tournament has been delivered by the Million Dollar baby himself. After warming the benches in the last season for the Mumbai Indians, the Aussie batsman has come into his own and played important role in the huge success of his franchise, Kings XI Punjab.
Worst Auction Buy: Michael Hussey
Mike Hussey has been the biggest disappointment for the Mumbai Indians so far. People expected him to fill in the shoes of Sachin Tendulkar at the top of the order, but his performance with the bat has been dismal so far in the tournament.
Best retention and buys by a Franchise: Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings let go of some of their most consistent players in this year’s auctions. They let go of Michael Hussey, Albie Morkel and Murli Vijay, while they bought players like Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum. Call it luck or smart booking but the players they have let go have been nothing less than disappointing for their new franchise, while their newest picks are the players who have now carried the team to 4 consecutive victories.
Worst retention and buys by a Franchise: Mumbai Indians
They were the champions last year but the story has completely changed this year. They have made arguably the worst buys and without a doubt has let some of their best players go in the auctions, while retaining junk. They let Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Johnson and Dwayne Smith go at the auctions while they bought Corey Andersen, Michael Hussey and Zaheer Khan, also the decision to retain Harbhajan and Rayadu hasn’t proved to be much fruitful either.
Find of the Season: Yuzvendra Chahal
The young leg spinner did wonders for MI in their first Champions league victory although he didn’t get much to play after that. He got a chance to shine in what was considered a weak bowling line up of the RCB team. He has been exceptionally good with his line and length and his consistency so far has been outstanding.
Junk of the Season: Gautam Gambhir
Gambhir has failed miserably in this season so far. He just managed to make 1 run in his first 4 innings, that’s 3 crore for a single run. We don’t see how he is still the captain of KKR, because if we remember rightly, Saurav Ganguly, even after being their most successful batsman in season 1 was sacked by the team management.
Best Moment: Chris Lynn’s spectacular catch.
It has been deemed as the catch of the century by the fans and why not?
Most Shocking Performance: RCB’s batting heavyweight fail to deliver as they collapse for 70 runs.
Best Match: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Rajasthan Royals (RR)
This is the match where nothing was clear about what is going to happen next. Such was the drama in this game that the officials tried to get a result out of it twice, but the game ended in a tie on both the occasions. It was a true roller coaster ride for the fans and a match that ultimately claimed by the Royals due to some smart batting by Steve Smith.
The Dark Horse: Virendra Sehwag
The Punjab opener has been getting starts and that itself can be ominous signs for the oppositions in the games to come. While Maxwell and Miller have been hogging up the limelight, Sehwag getting starts and showing signs of form could very well be the ultimate boost that the kings need this season.