5 flops of IPL 2020 who can be hit in IPL 2021
Some star players will be keen to rise again in the IPL 2021.
Updated - Jan 8, 2021 4:43 pm
The thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League was full of action and excitement. While numerous dead-rubber battles turned out to be exciting, a few one-sided matches also ensured that Mumbai Indians were the toughest team to beat. At the end of the second week of the IPL, each team had lost one game, which signified that on any day, any weak team can defeat the table topper. However, the final of the tournament was a one-sided affair and Mumbai managed to clinch another title.
The center of attraction of this edition was Mumbai Indians. Their dominating lineup was considered as the strongest of all time and their players along with the bench strength had a memorable IPL. However, the likes of CSK, RR, KKR, and KXIP were unable to put up a fighting display of cricket during the initial phases of the tournament. There was a clear lack of intent amongst the players.
For M.S. Dhoni, it was time to redeem himself post-2019 World Cup, however, he failed to finish off the games, and CSK’s tendency to take the game to the last over added to the ever-growing pressure on the captain’s shoulders. Punjab had a hot and cold IPL, they lost most of their matches initially and then won multiple games consecutively to add some spice to the points table. KKR witnessed a change in captaincy but it was too late even for Eoin Morgan to pull up his team into the playoffs. However, in the upcoming season, some players might redeem themselves and put up a show to prove their worth.
Five flops of IPL 2020 who can be hit in IPL 2021-
5. Steven Smith ( Rajasthan Royals)
Well known as the finest batsman of this era, Smith has made a mark on every format of the game. Starting as a leg-spinner, he went on to become the number one Test match batsman. During the 95 IPL matches he has played, he has piled up 2333 runs with a healthy strike rate of 129.25, which includes a century as well. Smith was RR’s go-to man as Ben Stokes was unavailable for most of the campaign.
Smith had started brilliantly, scoring quickfire half-centuries in the first two games of the season. However, after two consecutive victories, Smith lost his touch and as he attempted to hit the ball too hard, he usually lost his shape. This resulted in his failures against the fast bowlers. As RR’s batting order revolved around Smith, the batting lineup failed to put on a proper show.
However, great players know how to make a comeback. After the IPL, Smith scored consecutive ODI centuries against India off 60 oddballs. This showcases his ability to make a comeback. Hence, we do expect him to tee-off in the fourteenth edition of the IPL. For his ability to time the ball, he makes it to this list of 5 flops of IPL 2020 that can be hit in IPL 2021.